Restaurant Closures, Riverside County Inspections, Nov. 19 – Dec. 2 – Press Company

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Here are the restaurants and other food establishments that Riverside County’s Department of Environment inspectors temporarily closed due to impending health hazards between November 19 and December 2, 2021. If a reopening date is not given, the department had not reopened this facility as of this publication.

The waterfall, 3635 University Ave., Riverside

  • Closed: Dec 1
  • Class: 82 / B, failed
  • Ground: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw numerous cockroaches in the kitchen, among other things on a cutting board and in a hand basin.

Hawaii volcano BBQ, 140 Hidden Valley Parkway Suite E, Norco

  • Closed: Dec 1
  • Class: 87 / B, failed
  • Ground: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw eight live cockroaches, including some behind the food prep tables, along with an egg carton and numerous dead cockroaches on the floor. Many of the other unsanitary condition violations were listed as recurring or chronically recurring. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection in a year and it was closed due to a rodent infestation in December 2020.

Crazy Chicken, 32089 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City

  • Closed: Dec 1
  • Class: Not graded
  • Ground: No hot water. The inspector discovered the violation while responding to a complaint about a foodborne illness.
  • Opened again: December 2nd after restoration of hot water
  • New class: 96 / A, over

Jonos Japanese restaurant, 1161 Hidden Valley Parkway Suite 107, Norco

  • Closed: November 29th
  • Class: 80 / B, failed
  • Ground: No hot water. The facility had installed a dishwasher, which required more hot water than the water heater could supply. The inspector reported having had to tell staff several times to stop preparing food and washing dishes. There was another critical breach in that the restaurant did not track how long sushi rice was kept at room temperature. Among the 10 minor violations, many of which were repeated, staff did not wash their hands, raw eggs were left at room temperature, and there was mold growth in the ice machine.
  • Opened again: 30th of November

Wolfee donuts, 29101 Newport Road Suite 105, Menifee

  • Closed: November 24th
  • Class: Not graded
  • Ground: Cockroach infestation. Due to a complaint, the inspector visited numerous cockroaches in and around the beverage cooler in the customer area.

Top crust pizza, 67555 E. Palm Canyon Road, Cathedral City

  • Closed: 22nd of November
  • Class: 83 / B, failed
  • Ground: Cockroach infestation. The inspector, who was visiting in response to a complaint, found several live and dead cockroaches in prepackaged food containers, as well as on shelves and on the floor. Among the 12 other violations, the dishwasher was confiscated for failing to dispense disinfectant, and one employee said bowls and rolling pins were only washed once a day and pizza pans were never washed, just “burned in the oven.” This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection and the third shutdown in less than two years; it had a cockroach and rodent infestation in July 2020 and the walk-in cooler went off in May 2021.

Notable confidentiality checks

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

South of the border, at Drive 11719 Palm in desert hot springs, was inspected on December 1 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a poor grade of 80 / B with a critical violation for improperly washed dishes. Among the 13 other violations, there were multiple flies in the kitchen, large containers of boiled beans were not safely cooled, and appliances and other surfaces needed cleaning.

Pepitos Mexican restaurant, located at 5225 Canyon Crest Drive Suite 42 in Riverside, was inspected on December 1 and was rated 83 / B with two critical violations. Some cooked meat, raw eggs, and cheese were at unsafe temperatures, and the dishwasher was confiscated for not dispensing disinfectant. Among the six other violations, there was a lack of hand basins with soap and paper towels, and a salsa bar had been set up in the customer area without a sneeze guard or other protective measures.

the Small Caesars Pizza at 31703 Riverside Drive Suite 1 in Lake Elsinore was inspected on November 19 in response to a complaint about numerous unsanitary conditions. It received a failed grade of 84 / B. Among the 12 violations, none of which were flagged as critical, the pizza preparation cooler didn’t keep cold enough, staff didn’t keep track of how long pre-made pizzas were kept at room temperature, all utensils in a storage cabinet had dried-on dirt and grease on them, the pizza oven- and hood system had to be cleaned thoroughly and refrigerated food was stored without a lid.

Updates in the last few weeks

the Restaurant at Desert Hot Springs Spa, in 10805 Palm Dr. Desert Hot Springs, which has been closed since October 19 for a rodent infestation and failed inspection during probation – and which developed a cockroach infestation during the closure – was allowed to reopen on November 23, violations have been corrected and a new health permit for 1,106 US dollars acquired. It remains on parole after failing four inspections and closing three times to rodents since 2019.

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  • Roaches, Sewage: Restaurant Closures, Inspections in San Bernardino County, Sept. 3-9 December

  • Roaches, Rodents: Restaurant Closures, San Bernardino County Inspections Nov 18-Dec 2

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 inspected to ensure they meet health regulations. A facility loses four points for each 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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