Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, Sept. 16-22 – Press Enterprise


Here are the restaurants and other food establishments that Riverside County Environmental Health Department inspectors temporarily closed September 16-22, 2022 due to looming health hazards. If no reopening date is provided, the department has not listed that facility as reopened of this publication.

marketplace34021 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City (partial closure)

  • Closed: 16 Sep
  • Class: Not graded (91/A received, passed, 14 Sep)
  • Reason: cockroach infestation. During the September 14 inspection, there were a few cockroaches on food and drinks kept under the hot dog warmer. When the inspector returned on September 16, there were live roaches in several areas, although pest control had visited the market. The market was allowed to continue selling pre-packaged items but had to stop preparing or selling open food.

Health inspectors also shut down scores of illicit food vendors during raids in San Jacinto on September 16 and in the Jurupa Valley on September 16-17. “Environmental health workers have partnered with city code enforcers and law enforcement to address public complaints from local business owners and residents,” a spokesman said via email.

Aside from not having permits, most vendors did not have a place for employees to wash their hands or use the restroom, and lacked equipment to keep food hot or cold and protected from contaminants such as dirt and insects protect, the spokesman said.

The providers were:

  • A taco stand on the corner of Sanderson Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue in San Jacinto
  • A taco stand on a vacant lot at Cottonwood Avenue and Old 215 Frontage Road in San Jacinto
  • A taco and hot dog stand on South San Jacinto Avenue off Shaver Street in San Jacinto
  • A taco stand at Limonite Avenue and Pats Ranch Road in Jurupa Valley (the same operator that closed September 16 came back and closed again September 17). Also at that location, two unapproved mobile food facilities — one that had a Los Angeles County permit and one that just received a Riverside County permit — were “addressed and cleared up,” the spokesman said.
  • A taco stand, a crepe stand, and another food stand at 10260 Granite Hill Road in the Jurupa Valley
  • A taco stand at 10064 Mission Blvd. in the Jurupa Valley (same operators as one of the stands on Granite Hill)
  • A taco stand at 5714 Mission Blvd. in the Jurupa Valley
  • A dessert stand at 5511 Bain St. in the Jurupa Valley
  • A taco stand on a vacant lot at 5537 Bain St. in the Jurupa Valley
  • A taco stand on the corner of Wineville and Bellegrave Avenues in the Jurupa Valley
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Notable non-closing inspections

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

Carniceria and Taqueria el Dorado, located at 29618 Nuevo Road in Nuevo, was inspected on September 21 and received a score of 80/B with one critical violation. The food was at unsafe temperatures in a refrigerator confiscated to keep it cold and some chicharrones had been left out at room temperature. More than 30 pounds of food had to be disposed of. Among the 12 other violations were some flies inside, food was not protected from contamination, the inspector found “a lot of food” was stored on the floor in a storage room and there was a long list of equipment being cleaned had to be repaired or repaired.

Beaumont Cafe Country Kitchen, at 986 Beaumont Ave. in Beaumont, was inspected on September 20th and received a failing grade of 80/B with three critical injuries. The inspector found unspecified insects in bulk containers with regular sugar, powdered sugar, and dough flour; about 70 pounds of these ingredients had to be thrown away. Several dishes were not kept warm or cold enough. In addition, the dishwasher did not dispense enough disinfectant and the knives had been put away dirty. Among the six other violations, a sink in the floor slowly drained (but did not overflow).

junior kitchen, at 510 Fourth St. in Perris, was inspected September 20 and received a failing grade of 80/B with nine violations, three of which were rated critical. Food was at unsafe temperatures in refrigerated drawers that were confiscated for not being kept cold and in a warming unit that had to be turned on. Several employees failed to wash their hands or washed in sinks not intended for hand washing. And the dishes weren’t washed properly. Several of the violations were found to be repeat issues and the inspector said continued non-compliance could result in further action such as subpoenas or a hearing.

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Round table pizza, at 27140 Eucalyptus Ave. Suite A, Moreno Valley, was inspected on September 20th and received a grade of 82/B with one critical violation. Several groceries were at unsafe temperatures in three prep coolers that were confiscated for failing to stay cold. Among the 11 other violations, the responsible person described an incorrect dishwashing process and several areas that needed cleaning. This was the second failed inspection of the restaurant since 2020.

That del taco, at 1688 N. Perris Blvd. Suite A at Perris was inspected on September 15 and received a grade of 80/B with two critical injuries. The restaurant had run out of disinfectant and the operator had to get some from another facility and wash the dishes again. Also, iced coffee was an unsafe temperature in a fridge that didn’t stay cold. Among the 11 other violations, the ice machine was leaking, all appliances on the cooking line needed cleaning, and the floors and walls were also dirty.

Las Nuevas Islands, at 1380 E. Florida Ave. in Hemet, was inspected on September 15 and received a failing grade of 80/B with 15 injuries. Among them, the inspector found rodent droppings under a drinks rack and in front of the back door, as well as a chewed bag of tortillas. Staff have been instructed to clean up the affected areas and increase their pest control schedule. Also, a refrigerated counter wasn’t keeping food cold enough, a sliced ​​pineapple was moldy, and the restaurant was told to stop using lava and granite bowls that aren’t easy to clean. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection since 2021 (and the last time it was closed due to a cockroach infestation), so it now faces an administrative hearing.

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Black Bear Diner, 24949 Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley, was inspected on September 15 and received a grade of 85/B with two critical injuries. A member of staff served fried chicken that had not been cooked thoroughly enough. The dishwasher was also confiscated because it had not dispensed disinfectant. Among the five other violations, some utensils had been dirty put away, there was mold and leftover food in the salad making cooler, and several other areas also needed cleaning. The diner passed a mandatory follow-up inspection on September 22nd with a score of 98/A.

About this list

This list will be published online on Fridays. Any updates on restaurants reopening will be included in next week’s list.

All food facilities in the county are routinely inspected to ensure they are complying with health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation — and may have to close if the violation cannot be fixed 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 less) fail and usually require the owner to make improvements and be re-examined.

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



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