Hot numbers of the week: Dining high; grading letter grades; paying for bacteria; gauging a huge loss


The floor number guests have to push in the elevators of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to get to the Irish-pub-themed place that Danny Meyer opened this week in collaboration with the two publicans who run New York City’s celebrated The Dead Rabbit lounge. 

4,134; 95%

The first is the number of restaurants in New York City that are awaiting re-inspection after the health department found issues during a prior visit. The second is the percentage of places that earned an “A” sanitation score, a figure City Hall touts as proof its letter-grading system is nudging restaurants to raise standards (it’s five points higher than last year’s proportion). But the first number isn’t factored into the percentage.


Number of days the Fig and Olive in Washington, D.C., was kept shuttered by health authorities after 60 customers reportedly got sick from salmonella bacteria. The suspected source of the contamination has yet to be revealed.

50, 1

The number of years Fred DeLuca led the Subway sandwich chain, starting as a 17-year-old high school grad who realized his $1.25-an-hour pay from a hardware store wouldn’t fund a college education. So he opened a sandwich shop. DeLuca, whose net worth had been estimated to be in the billions, died this week at age 67 from leukemia. He was the one and only CEO the chain has ever had.


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