Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between July 30 and Aug. 6, 2020. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Chela’s Panaderia Bakery, 4022 Park Ave., Riverside
- Closure date: Aug. 5
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason for closure: No hot water
- Reopening date: Aug. 6 after hot water was restored
- New grade: 95/A, passing
Park Ave Poly & Mexican Restaurant, 4038 Park Ave., Riverside (partial closure)
- Closure date: Aug. 5
- Grade: 86/B, failing
- Reason for partial closure: Insufficient refrigeration. The walk-in cooler wasn’t keeping cold and the food inside had to be discarded. There was also an unapproved freezer that had been installed outside. Both were impounded. Because the restaurant didn’t have any other coolers, it had to stop food preparation until the walk-in could be repaired or replaced. Prepackaged food sales were permitted to continue. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection since 2018; it now faces a permit suspension/revocation hearing.
Los Victor Mexican Food, 1987 W. Ramsey St., Banning
- Closure date: Aug. 4
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason for closure: Violating terms of probation. The restaurant failed a July 21 inspection with a score of 57/C, its third consecutive failed inspection (and the lowest grade issued to any facility in the county since 2017). It was not closed at the time, but faced a permit suspension/revocation hearing July 29 that led to the restaurant being placed on probation. When the inspector visited Aug. 4 for a follow-up, there were still uncorrected violations and the restaurant was closed.
- Reopening date: Later that day after all violations were corrected
- New grade: 100/A, passing
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
Banning Village Market, at 266 N. San Gorgonio Ave. in Banning, was inspected Aug. 6 in response to a complaint. It received a failing grade of 86/B with one critical violation, for adulterated food. Some papaya, canteloupe, coconut, tomatillos, cauliflower and yucca root were molded, avocados were spoiled and a box of “unidentifiable frozen meat” under the condensate drain line in the walk-in freezer was covered in ice. Additionally, several areas needed cleaning and the facility wasn’t fully in compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
Los Tacos, at 32065 Temecula Parkway Suite D in Temecula, was inspected Aug. 3 in response to a complaint about improper handwashing. It received a failing grade of 85/B with three critical violations. Some hot and cold food wasn’t being held at safe temperatures, including inside a cooler that was impounded. A large container of salsa made the day before hadn’t cooled down to a safe temperature yet. And dishes were being washed without enough sanitizer. The inspector did not see any handwashing violations.
Updates from past weeks
The restaurant at Desert Hot Springs Spa, 10805 Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs, which was shut down for a rodent infestation July 22, was permitted to reopen after the facility’s third follow-up inspection. In the first on July 30, the rodent problem hadn’t been eliminated. Then Aug. 5, the inspector found a cockroach infestation, a health department spokesperson said. An inspector returned Aug. 7, saw no roaches and lifted the closure.
The restaurant at Cresta Verde Golf Course, 1295 Cresta Road in Corona, which failed a July 30 inspection with a grade of 83/B and was closed for having a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen July 31. It passed a follow-up inspection Aug. 6 with a grade of 99/A.
Honey Donut, at 26900 Newport Road Suite 114 in Menifee, which failed a July 29 inspection and was closed because of cockroaches, “was not able to eliminate the cockroach infestation, so they decided to go out of business,” a health department spokesperson said.
About this list
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s list.
All food facilities in the county are routinely inspected to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation — and may have to close if the violation can’t be corrected immediately — and one or two points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is passing. Grades of B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or below) are failing and typically require the proprietor to make improvements and be re-inspected.
For more information on inspections of these or any restaurants in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To submit 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-hours.
Source: Thanks https://www.pe.com/2020/08/07/probation-violation-broken-cooler-no-hot-water-restaurant-closures-inspections-in-riverside-county-july-30-aug-6/