Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County, Feb. 11-17 – San Bernardino Sun

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Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Feb. 11 and 17, 2022. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.

Legend’s Burgers1645 N. Mountain Ave., Upland

  • Closed: Feb 16
  • degrees: 80/B
  • reason: Insufficient refrigeration. It was 49 degrees in the walk-in refrigerator, and another cooler was 52 degrees. (Cold food must be 41 or below.) Numerous containers of food were thrown away. Among other unrelated violations, utensils were being washed without hot water, the cook didn’t know the proper cooking temperature for hamburger patties or poultry, and the inspector found one dead cockroach under storage racks.

Mica’s Peruvian Fusion Restaurant8421 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga

  • Closed: Feb 16
  • degrees: 82/B
  • reason: No sanitizer. The restaurant was using a sanitizer meant for laundry and not approved for food facilities. It had to cease food operations until an approved sanitizer could be purchased. Among other unrelated violations, an employee didn’t wash hands and cooked corn wasn’t being cooled down safely. This was the restaurant’s second B grade in 15 months.
  • Reopened: Before the inspection ended

Tropical Smoothie Cafe891 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland

  • Closed: Feb 11
  • degrees: 80/B
  • reason: No sanitizer. An employee told the inspector they’d just run out. The cafe was made to cease all food operations until an employee could get chlorine and all food-contact surfaces were sanitized. There were two other critical violations. Multiple containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in the walk-in cooler, which was 47 degrees inside. A manager said there’d been a power outage a week ago. The cafe was told not to use that refrigerator until an inspector verified it had been fixed. So, an employee didn’t wash hands.
  • Reopened: Before the inspection ended

Non-closure inspections of note

Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.

Hello Sushi Japanese Restaurant, at 1630 W. Redlands Blvd. Unit G in Redlands, was inspected Feb. 17 and received a grade of 74/C with two critical violations. The restaurant was using sanitizer water from the dishwasher to wipe down surfaces because they’d run out of other sanitizer. Also, the sushi chef didn’t wash hands after handling raw food (the sushi bar handwashing sink was being used to wash other items and its soap dispenser was broken). Among the 12 other violations, the operator didn’t know proper dishwashing procedures, the cook didn’t know proper cooking temperatures, shrimp was being thawed unsafely, there was open food underneath excessively dirty fan guards in the walk-in cooler, and the floors were extremely dirty. The restaurant had previously received three B grades between 2018 and 2020.

China Palace Restaurant, at 15555 Main St. Suite F in Hesperia, was inspected Feb. 15 in response to a foodborne illness complaint from a family who alleged the food was cold and dishes were dirty. It received a grade of 86/B with nine violations, none marked as critical. Among them, fried chicken wasn’t being kept hot enough in a steam table (one of its five heating elements wasn’t working), the cook didn’t know the proper temperature to reheat food, food was being stored uncovered, forks and spoons at the buffet line were dirty, and surfaces throughout the restaurant had a heavy buildup of dirt, dust and old food. The inspector also noted that the restaurant’s health permit had expired Dec. 31 and gave three days to obtain a valid permit or face closure.

Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant, at 385 E. Mill St. Suite 5 in San Bernardino, was inspected Feb. 11 and received a grade of 77/C with two critical violations. A large container of broth cooked the night before had spent too long outside the safe temperature zone. So, an employee didn’t wash hands. Among the 12 other violations, there were some old rodent droppings under two refrigerators in an storage areas, the cook didn’t know the proper cooking temperature for pork, some shrimp and tendon in two refrigerators were at unsafe temperatures and food was being stored on the floor of the walk-in freezer. This was the restaurant’s fourth B or C grade since 2019.

Mang Indo Asian Market, at 25069 Redlands Blvd. Suite B in Loma Linda, was inspected Feb 11. The prepackaged market area received a grade of 97/A but the food prep area got an 83/B with two critical violations. Boxes of food were for sale that an employee said a friend had prepared at their home. So, an employee didn’t wash hands. Among the seven other violations, the inspector found some old rodent droppings and three dead cockroaches on the floor in a storage area, as well as a dead frozen cockroach on a box of food in the walk-in freezer, but said a thorough search of the facility showed no signs of an active infestation. Additionally, the cook didn’t know the proper cooking temperature for poultry, an employee didn’t know dishwashing procedures, and there were a few severely dented cans in both the food prep and market areas. This was the market’s fourth consecutive B grade.

Mariscos el Korita, at 25570 E. Base Line in Highland, was inspected Feb. 10 and received a grade of 85/B with two critical violations. Several containers of meat, fish, eggs and cheese were at unsafe temperatures in two refrigerators, one of which was holding at 55 degrees. Also, a bag of store-bought ice was in the ice machine, covered by other ice, which was being contaminated by the bag. Among the five other violations, raw shrimp had been left out at room temperature, and there were dead cockroaches in several places on the floor. Pest control was already scheduled to come in a few days and the inspector planned a follow-up visit. This was the restaurant’s fourth consecutive B or C grade, and its sixth since 2018.

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About this list

This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s list.

All food facilities in the county are routinely inspected to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation and one to three points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is considered “generally superior,” a B grade (80 to 89) is “generally acceptable” and a C grade (70 to 79) is “generally unacceptable” and requires a follow-up inspection . A facility will be temporarily closed if it scores below 70 or has a critical violation that can’t be corrected immediately.

For more information on inspections of these or any restaurants in San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/FacilityList/food. To file a health complaint, go to www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/StaticComplaint or call 800-442-2283.

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