Google is giving away the restaurant ratings compiled by its recently acquired Zagat review service as part of an expansion of its listings for local businesses.
The changes announced Wednesday eliminate an annual $25 subscription fee that Zagat had been charging for online access to its surveys of diners. Those diners have rated about 35,000 restaurants in more than 100 cities around the world. The fee helped protect sales of the burgundy-colored guidebooks. For now, Zagat still intends to sell the guidebooks.News Tribune news services