Riverside County did not reporting shutting down any restaurants or other food facilities because of imminent health hazards between Oct. 1 and 7, 2021. Here is the one facility that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down during that period.
Panda Express, 745 E. Hospitality Lane Suite A, San Bernardino
- Closed: Oct. 6
- Grade: Not graded (most recent was 99/A on May 25)
- Reason: No hot water. The inspector visited in response to a foodborne illness complaint and discovered the water heater had gone out. No other violations were noted.
- Reopened: Later that day after the water heater was repaired
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
The Just Bargain Stores at 9154 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga was inspected Oct. 5 in response to a complaint that it was selling expired vitamins. An employee acknowledged the store sells food beyond the use-by date. The inspector noted that aside from infant formula, use-by dates are not required by law, and they aren’t an indicator of the product’s safety. The store received a grade of 82/B with two critical violations. Eighteen cans on the shelves were dented, some of them severely, and three dozen containers of cheese were moldy. Also, two sinks didn’t have hot water. Among the nine other violations, there were some dead cockroaches on the floor of the walk-in cooler, but the inspector said a thorough search turned up no signs of an active infestation. A follow-up inspection was planned to make sure.
Round Table Pizza, at 11617 Cherry Ave. in Fontana, was inspected Oct. 5 and received a grade of 82/B with one critical violation. A large container of mushrooms in the walk-in cooler had “an excess accumulation of green and white hair like mold growth.” Among the 11 other violations, there was mold in an ice machine whose ice wasn’t being used in drinks, just to keep containers cold in a nonfunctional refrigerator; a handwashing sink didn’t have hot water; and bags of flour and boxes of chicken were stored directly on the floor. This was the restaurant’s third B grade in two years.
Dona Maria, at 9134 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected Oct. 5 and received a grade of 83/B with one critical violation. Containers of beef soup, pupusa mixture and cheese had been left out too long at room temperature; about 30 pounds of food was thrown away. Among the 10 other violations, cooked plantains weren’t cooling down to a safe temperature fast enough, and there were some holes in a wall and the ceiling, a repeat violation. This was the restaurant’s third B grade since 2019 and it was shut down for a week in June 2018 because of a wastewater backup.
Alfredo’s Italian Kitchen, at 251 W. Base Line in San Bernardino, was inspected Sept. 30 in response to a complaint that it wasn’t displaying a grade card, as required. It received an 86/B on its most recent inspection, in September 2020. (Inspectors visited the facility multiple times this summer and shut it down twice as the restaurant dealt with a cockroach infestation, but didn’t conduct a graded inspection.)
Updates from past weeks
Punjab Palace Cuisine of India, at 1766 University Ave. Suite 102 in Riverside, which failed a Sept. 29 inspection with a grade of 80/B and was shut down for a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen Oct. 1. It passed an Oct. 5 follow-up inspection with a 95/A. The inspector didn’t see any roaches but did make the restaurant throw out bulk containers of flour after finding weevils in them.
Zendejas Mexican Grill, at 2440 S. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, which was shut down Sept. 29 because of a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen Sept. 30 after pest control visited. The inspector saw a few dead roaches but no lives ones. Another critical violation from the inspection hadn’t been addressed — three refrigerators still weren’t keeping cold. All of the food that the restaurant was supposed to have discarded was still in the refrigerators, the inspector wrote. Another follow-up inspection was planned.
River Khwae, at 23750 Alessandro Blvd. Suite L101 in Moreno Valley, which was shut down Sept. 16 for operating without a valid permit and not having hot water, was permitted to reopen Sept. 22 after paying for a new permit and restoring hot water. It received a passing grade of 90/A with two critical violations: A prep cooler was impounded for not keeping cold and there was black mold in the soda fountain spigots. The inspector urged the restaurant, “Please increase basic sanitary standard.”
Chris Burgers, at 28325 Winchester Road in Winchester, which was shut down Sept. 8 for not having enough functional refrigeration, has reopened under new ownership. The previous owner had faced a permit suspension/revocation hearing after failing five inspections and being shut down twice in the past three years. A health department official said the new owner corrected all violations from the last inspection.
The snack bar at Santana Park East, at 2830 Kellogg Ave. in Corona, which was closed Sept. 2 because of a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen Oct. 4. It passed an inspection with a score of 94/A, although the inspector found a dead mouse on the floor under a sink and droppings in an ice machine.
About this list
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s list.
Inspectors visit food facilities for routine inspections, follow-ups and complaint investigations. In graded inspections, the facility starts with a score of 100 and can lose between 1 and 4 points for any of about 50 health code violations. A grade of 90 or above is an A, 80-89 is a B and 79 or below is a C. Riverside County considers B and C grades to be failing; San Bernardino County does not have a pass/fail system. A facility will be closed if the inspector finds an imminent health hazard that can’t immediately be corrected.
For more information on inspections 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.
For more information on inspections in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file a complaint, go to www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after-hours.
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