Restaurant Closures, Riverside County Inspections 15-21 October – San Bernardino Sun


Here are the restaurants and other food establishments that Riverside County’s Department of Environment inspectors have temporarily closed due to impending health hazards between October 15 and October 21, 2021. If a reopening date is not given, the department did not list this facility as reopened on this publication.

Miguel’s Jr. food truck, located at 1434 Hamner Ave., Norco

  • Closed: Oct 20
  • Degree: Not graded
  • Reason: No valid commissioner’s agreement. Food trucks have to come to an agreement with a commissioner in which they can take care of the sanitation. A Miguel’s Jr. commissioner at the same address had been inspected a few days earlier and the person in charge said it had not been in use for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Desert Hot Springs Spa restaurant, 10805 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs

  • Closed: Oct 19
  • Degree: 83 / B, failed
  • Reason: Rodent infestation that fails an inspection during the probationary period. The inspector found fresh and dry rodent droppings on boxes of margarita mix and on the floor in a storage room and under the sink. The restaurant has been on probation since July; it has failed four inspections since 2019 and was closed twice for rodents in the past year. This time his license was withdrawn. In order to reopen, it would have to correct any violations and acquire a new permit.

Trattoria Tiramisu, 72655 Highway 111 Suite B6, Palm Desert

  • Closed: Oct 19
  • Degree: Not graded
  • Reason: Sewage backup. The sinks in the floor of the restaurant were clogged.
  • Opened again: October 20th after the grease trap was pumped and the sewer lines cleaned
  • New class: 94 / A, over

Circle K, 12220 Pigeon Pass Road, Moreno Valley

  • Closed: Oct 19
  • Degree: Not graded
  • Reason: No hot water
  • Opened again: Later that day

Notice of Confidentiality Checks

Here are selected inspections of facilities that were not closed but had significant problems.

The Gene Korean BBQ House, 390 N. McKinley St. Suite 115 in Corona, was inspected on October 21 and was rated 80 / B with a critical violation. Several employees did not wash their hands or did not wash their hands properly, which, according to the inspector, is a chronically recurring problem. The hand basin station at the bar was clogged so the staff there couldn’t wash. A follow-up investigation was scheduled the next day and the inspector said the bar area could be closed if the problem was not resolved. Among the 12 other violations, many of which were repeated or chronically repeated, doors were left open and there were flies throughout the property, raw chicken was at an unsafe temperature, clean utensils were stored in dirty bus bins, and the restaurant needed cleaning. In addition, a large amount of frozen food that had been delivered about 45 minutes earlier was stored on shelves, prep tables, the floor and a pallet outside. The inspector asked staff to put it in the freezer right away, but they didn’t start until it was said a second time 30 minutes later. The inspector confirmed that the food had remained frozen and advised the restaurant not to order more food than it could safely store.

Don Juan Market # 3, at 3375 Iowa Ave. Suites OP in Riverside, was inspected on October 21 and was rated 83 / B with a critical violation. A dead mouse and feces lay on the floor on a glue trap in a storage room, as well as a live cockroach in the container for the ice machine shovel. The restaurant was told it should use a pest control service until it was re-inspected in a week’s time.

the Chillies at 29233 Central Ave. Lake Elsinore was inspected on October 19 and received a poor grade of 82 / B. Among the 12 violations, none of which were classified as critical, two employees did not wash their hands; some cooked chicken, guacamole, and corn had unsafe temperatures; the dishwasher did not dispense disinfectant; a hand basin had no hot water (a repeated violation the inspector said could lead to charges if it happens again); a floor sink at the bar was clogged and the floor was covered with water; and several areas needed cleaning. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in almost exactly a year (it was closed for two days last October due to a cockroach infestation), so it is now facing an administrative hearing.

Miss donuts, at 420 N. McKinley St. Suite 109 in Corona, was inspected on October 18 and received a poor grade of 80 / B, along with two citations for critical violations that the inspector said were recurring problems: Several employees have turned up hands were not washed and the inspector said food contact equipment throughout the facility was visibly dirty; the procedure described by the person responsible for washing the dishes was not correct. Among the nine other violations, many of which were repeated or chronically repeated, numerous containers of food were stored without lids, an employee cut and juiced unwashed oranges, employees’ phones and keys were stored in food preparation areas, and the inspector was hired found numerous other unsanitary conditions. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection since 2019, and it was closed for a few days in November 2018 due to a grease trap overflowing.

Updates in the last few weeks

Tacos El Sonorense # 2, a food truck based at 83711 Peach St. in Indio that failed on October 7th with a score of 78 / C and closed for a sewer leak, was allowed to reopen on October 19th inspection with a 98 / A.

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About this list

This list will be published online on Fridays. Any updates when restaurants reopen will be added to the list for the next week.

All food establishments in the county are routinely checked to make sure they meet health regulations. A facility loses four points for every critical violation – and may have to close if the violation cannot be resolved immediately – and a point or two for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is passed. Grades B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or below) are failed and usually require improvement and re-examination by the owner.

For more information on inspections of this or other restaurants in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file a health complaint about a restaurant, go to www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after business hours.

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