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What does a dirty bathroom indicate about a restaurant's kitchen?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

I am not sure you can you can automatically assume that the cleanliness of the bathroom indicates that a restaurant kitchen is dirty or disorganized. However, restaurant owners who allow dirty bathrooms are not paying attention to detail. This lack of concern or control over what the employees do may transfer to the kitchen. Either way dirty bathrooms can lead customers to assume that a dirty bathroom indicates an unclean, disorganized kitchen.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A dirty bathroom means a dirty kitchen. Although it may seem counterintuitive to associate a restaurant’s bathroom with its kitchen, these two places often share the same level of cleanliness. If a restaurant can’t be bothered to keep the toilets and sinks clean, then imagine what their refrigeration and workspaces look like in the kitchen.

Do not eat at a restaurant where the bathroom trashcan is more than half full. This means the bathrooms are not being regularly monitored and cleaned.

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