Roaches, rodents, broken refrigerators: Restaurant inspections in the Inland Empire, April 24-30 – San Bernardino County Sun

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Restaurant inspections during coronavirus

Due to the state’s order to limit activity during the coronavirus outbreak, health departments in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have halted routine inspections of restaurants and other food facilities. They are, however, still conducting complaint investigations and other necessary follow-ups.

Between April 24 and 30, one restaurant in San Bernardino County and none in Riverside County were temporarily closed due to health hazards.


Casa Trejo Tortillas, 1272 W. 6th St., San Bernardino

  • Closure date: April 24
  • Grade: Not graded
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach and rodent infestations, insufficient refrigeration. An inspector visited in response to a complaint about cockroaches and food not being at safe temperatures. The inspector saw a live roach and several that had been “recently squashed” in the kitchen, as well as rodent droppings in a storage area. Additionally, the walk-in refrigerator was more than 10 degrees warmer than it should have been. About 10 pounds of beef, 10 pounds of carnitas, 10 pounds of beans and 40 tamales had to be discarded. The facility didn’t have enough remaining refrigerator capacity to operate.

Non-closure inspections of note

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

Jersey Mike’s Subs, at 33423 Yucaipa Blvd. Suite C in Yucaipa, was visited April 30 in response to a foodborne illness complaint involving three people. The inspector found that the refrigerated deli display case wasn’t keeping cold. An estimated 160 pounds of meat and 50 pounds of cheese had to be pulled from the case “and placed in the walk-in for pickup by Jersey Mike’s corporate office for credit and destruction,” the inspector wrote.

South Tacos, at 2929 S. Vineyard Ave. Suite 1 in Ontario, was inspected April 28 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a grade of 80/B with three critical violations. An employee cutting raw chicken rinsed off the knife and put it away without washing it, and also didn’t wash hands. Additionally, large containers of rice and beans that had been made the day before were still at unsafe temperatures and had to be discarded.

Zaky Mediterranean Grill, at 6622 Carnelian St. in Rancho Cucamonga, was visited April 27 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. The inspector found that the cooler at the grill wasn’t keeping cold enough and raw chicken, beef and vegetables were at unsafe temperatures. The restaurant was told not to use the unit until it could be fixed.

R’s Service Station, at 703 E. 6th St, in Corona, was inspected April 27 and received a grade of 90/A with one critical violation. The inspector saw numerous rodent droppings in the back storage area and told the store it would need to provide proof of pest-control service within a week.

Updates from past weeks

Centrepointe Car Wash, at 1140 S. Mount Vernon Ave. in Colton, whose convenience store was closed March 23 for operating without a health permit and having a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen April 27.

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 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 To file a health complaint, go to or call 800-442-2283.

For more information on inspections in Riverside County, visit To file a complaint, go to or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after-hours.

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