Business owners and restaurateurs say they are taking a new, tougher approach to making sure customers can find what they’re looking for when dining out at local eateries.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that restaurateurs have launched a new effort to find “stupid” restaurants by using Yelp to provide reviews for the restaurants, and they’ve also launched a “Dining Out Now” campaign.
The new effort includes an interactive map of restaurants in the Houston area, and the restaurant owners say that they’re targeting restaurants with poor reviews.
Restaurants that don’t comply with the new rules are subject to fines of up to $50,000.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Yelp has removed more than 6,000 “strictly-offensive” restaurants in recent years, but it is unclear how many of those were in the city of Houston.
The company told the Houston Chronicle that it was also “conducting an investigation to find those restaurants that we believe have been using discriminatory or offensive language in reviews.”
It’s not clear if the Yelp investigation has found those restaurants.
Restaurators who have complied with the rules are allowed to keep their Yelp reviews.
But restaurants can’t post the reviews on Yelp in perpetuity.
They can only be used for a short period of time.
For example, if Yelp reviews for a restaurant say that the food was good, but you don’t like the way the food tastes, you can’t use the restaurant to promote the restaurant, according to the Chronicle.
The restaurants that are still under investigation are listed on the company’s “Find Restaurants” page.
Restaurant owners are encouraged to share their Yelp posts with others who might have a better idea of what they have to offer.