Yelp reviews & Anchorage restaurant health reports just a click away

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 2:56 PM AKDT
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Next time you look up a restaurant on your phone you can find the business in Yelp reviews along with its food inspection report.

Monday the city released more information from its "open data" initiative, which aims to make information more easily available on multiple platforms.

Anchorage food inspection results will now be available on and on The city says information is provided with a LIVES (Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification) open data source link to Yelp.

Yelp will also include a summary of the violations for the past three years of inspections.

"You're already looking for restaurant information why not put the restaurant inspection data there instead of having to go to the muni site, just give you more information where people are looking for it," said Brendan Babb, from the city's Chief Innovation Office.

Babb is Anchorage's first-ever "chief innovation officer."

His job is to get more government data information to the public. He's already mapped out where people have applied for marijuana licenses and made it possible for people to find out if they are eligible for food stamps through a text message.

The owner of Roscoe's Catfish and Barbeque, Roscoe Wyche, said he's glad to see people getting more information about his restaurant through Yelp and says he's more than happy his restaurant scores are getting more attention (his last review was a 98).

"I think its pretty good, it'll give folks another option of where to find good restaurants," Wyche said, "I just think everything all inclusive, I don't have a problem with it."