Sunday, October 2, 2022

Cockroaches, no hot water: Restaurants closed in Riverside County, inspected 24-30

Here are restaurants and other food facilities that were temporarily closed by Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors between September 24 and 30, 2021 due to imminent health hazards. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department did not list that facility as reopened. of this publication.

Los Tacos Loco, 1161 Hidden Valley Parkway Suite 101, Norco

  • closed: September 30
  • Grade: 70/C, FAIL
  • reason: Inadequate hand washing facilities. The inspector visited in response to a complaint of food borne illness. Both the restaurant’s handwashing sinks were clogged, which the inspector said left the staff unable to wash. The person in charge said that it was like this for at least two days. There was no soap and even paper towels in a sink. There were two other serious violations: a worker was not washing dishes properly, and large containers of biriya, salsa and rice were being kept at unsafe temperatures. In 14 other breaches, Horchata was also at an unsafe temperature, the inspector observed “excessive numbers of house flies” inside (landing on surfaces that do not contact with food but on food itself) and several in the food-preparation area. Ants, and equipment needs cleaning. The inspector also noted that an unapproved grill that was asked to remove the restaurant in August was still there, and said the person in charge told the inspector not to come again without an appointment. According to state law, health inspections are unscheduled and unannounced. It was the restaurant’s second C grade and brief closure related to hand washing in about six weeks, and is now facing an administrative hearing. The inspector asked the restaurant not to transfer the C grade card before the mandatory revision, as was done last time.
  • Reopened: After that day

Punjab Palace Cuisine of India, 1766 University Ave. Suite 102, Riverside

  • closed: September 29
  • Grade: 80/B, failing
  • reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw several live cockroaches on and near the water heater. There was another serious violation, due to some containers of food being at unsafe temperatures, and 10 fewer violations, including a moldy tomato in the container of the harvested produce and several areas requiring cleaning. The restaurant was also closed for a day in March due to cockroaches. Now it is facing administrative hearing.

Chemawa Middle School Cafeteria, 8830 Magnolia Ave., Riverside (partially closed)

  • closed: September 27
  • Grade: not graded
  • reason: No hot water. The water heater of the school went out on 2nd September. The inspector had thrown out more than 140 pounds of cooked food to employees, and said the school could only serve food prepared by the district’s central kitchen until the water heater was fixed. School district spokeswoman Diana Meza said the district’s central kitchen began sending containers of hot water to the school as soon as the water heater went out, and water was boiled to wash the dishes. He said that after the inspection, there was no disruption in the service of breakfast and lunch as the school could still heat and serve the food coming from the central kitchen.
  • Reopened: October 1 after the water heater repair. Meja said delays in shipping and incorrect parts being delivered were to blame for the long time.

note closure inspection

Here are select inspections of facilities that weren’t closed, but had significant problems.

Pho Vu Vietnamese Restaurant, at 79630 Highway 111 Suite 103 in La Quinta, was inspected September 29 and received a failing grade of 80/B. Of the 16 violations, some food was at unsafe temperatures in a cooler that was not keeping cool, kitchen equipment and surfaces were covered with grease and grime, floors and walls needed to be cleaned, and men There was no soap or towels in the toilet.

ocean pho, at 4069 Chicago Ave. Suite 100, at Riverside, was inspected on 29 September and received a failing grade of 83/B with a serious violation. The employees did not wash their hands properly. In 10 other breaches, soap was missing in all except a hand sink and several containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in a cooler, which was confiscated for not keeping cool. It was the restaurant’s third unsuccessful inspection in two years, and last December it was closed for two days because of a cockroach infestation it now faces an administrative hearing.

fo ha, at 1820 University Ave. Suite 101, at Riverside, was inspected on 28 September and received a failing grade of 80/B with three serious violations. Several containers of food in two cookline coolers at unsafe temperatures were confiscated for not keeping them cool. One employee did not wash his hands. And food was contaminated when an employee handled raw beef and then grabbed onions for a customer’s bowl, as well as when an employee used the same tongs on raw and cooked beef. In five other violations, an employee was unable to wash dishes and several surfaces needed to be cleaned. It was the restaurant’s first failed inspection since it was placed on probation in 2019 for failing four times in two years, records show. Its probation ended last October.

last week’s updates

kickin crab, 482 N in Corona. Main St. Suite 102, which was closed on 21 September for failing an inspection while on probation, was allowed to reopen on 24 September. It corrected all violations and paid $1,106 for a new health permit. Its probation period has been extended. This was the second time the restaurant was closed since he was placed on probation in September 2020.

Chuck Wagon Bar and Grill, 1353 W. Corona at 6th St., which was closed on 21 September due to a cockroach infestation, was allowed to reopen on 30 September.

about this list

This list is published online on Friday. Any updates on the reopening of restaurants will be factored into next week’s list.

All food facilities in the county are inspected regularly to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for every serious violation — and may have to shut down if the violation can’t be corrected immediately — and one or two points for a minor violation. Passing an A grade (90 to 100 marks). The grades of B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or below) are failing and usually require the owner to make corrections and re-inspect.

For more information on inspecting the Inn or any of the restaurants in Riverside County, visit To file a health complaint about a restaurant, visit or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after hours.

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