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Detroit May Introduce Color-Coded Inspection Ratings at Restaurants

Plus, a visit by ICE agents to Hamido in Dearborn stokes fears

NYC Restaurants Improve Food Safety Practices After Advent Of Rating System
The Detroit approach wouldn’t include letter grades like New York City, but may feature a color-coded system.
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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Health inspection ratings could end up on restaurant windows

Detroit finally began releasing restaurant health inspection results online this spring and now City Council member Scott Benson is ready to take things a step farther by posting those results to restaurant windows. Benson has asked health and law departments to start drafting a proposal for the new system, Crain’s reports. The signage would likely be modeled after color-coded signs in Columbus, Ohio, rather than New York City-style letter grades.

Beloved Middle Eastern restaurant targeted by ICE

Hamido, a wildly popular Middle Eastern restaurant in Dearborn, received a visit by ICE agents on Monday, July 15, according to the Detroit News. The agents came in requesting that the manager sign paperwork agreeing to comply with an I-9 audit that demanded three years worth of employee records. He refused to sign. The news set off alarm bells for many people in the community, who are on edge following ICE raids across the United States on Sunday. Hamido took to social media on Monday night to reiterate that the visit was not a “raid” and that the restaurant was open for business with its outstanding chicken shawarma.

Mexican restaurant plans another expansion

Taqueria Mi Pueblo, a family-owned Mexican restaurant gem in Southwest Detroit, is once again in expansion mode. The Lopez family is in the process of purchasing the former Pogo’s Sports Bar on South Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township, according to the Macomb Daily. This is just the latest news in a growth streak for Mi Pueblo, which opened an express takeout location earlier this year near its original restaurant.

Coffee shop expansion

New Order Coffee is adding yet another cafe to its growing list of outposts. The Brush Park-based brand is opening a shop inside Papa Joe’s in Birmingham. The “mini cafe” is expected to debut this fall, according to an announcement on social media.

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Taqueria Mi Pueblo

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