Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, June 3-10 – Press Enterprise
These are the restaurants and other food facilities that inspectors from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health temporarily closed between June 3 and 10, 2021 due to impending health risks. If no reopening date is stated, the department would not have listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Chinese star, 81022 Hwy 111 Suite B, India
- Closed: June 9
- Rank: Not judged
- Reason: Cockroach Infestation. The inspector came by in response to a complaint and found live cockroaches on the floor by the cooking line. The facility also needed to be cleaned.
Angel Thai Cuisine, 6736 Brockton Ave., Riverside
- Closed: June 8
- Rank: 86/B, failed
- Reason: Cockroach Infestation. The inspector found several live cockroaches under the sink and numerous dead cockroaches there and in some cupboards. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection and closure in just over two years; it was briefly shut down in March 2019 due to a problem with the sanitation facilities.
juice paradise, 40985 California Oaks Road, Murrieta
Babaloo Lounge, 73833 Hwy 111, Palm Desert
- Closed: June 3
- Rank: 93/A, passing
- Reason: Plumbing backup. The sink in the washing up area was clogged and overflowing. Employees said they had tried unsuccessfully to unclog it. The sink at the bar was also clogged.
- reopened: Later that day after a plumber came out
Non-closing inspections matter
Here are selected inspections at facilities that were not closed but had significant problems.
W Cafe, at 14244 Schleisman Road Suite 100 in Eastvale, was approved June 10 and was rated 75/C unsatisfactory with two critical violations. Surfaces in contact with food were not clean; the inspector said he thoroughly cleans heavily soiled cooking pots, mixing bowls and busing tubs, spice containers, as well as dishwasher racks that had been stored in the sink where mopping water is discarded. Also the owner/manager and a cook were out of hand. Of the 12 minor violations, a few foods were not at safe temperatures, there were flies in the kitchen and a long list of equipment that needed cleaning. This is the cafe’s second C-Class since 2019; that time it was short closed due to a leaking vent.
Fiesta Market, at 3700 E. Vista Chino Suite G in Palm Springs, was approved June 10 and was given an unsatisfactory 85/B with two critical violations. The facility had no hot water when the inspector arrived, but it was corrected right away. Also, six large containers of food that had been cooked a day or more before had not cooled to safe temperatures and had to be thrown away. Of the four lesser violations, a flip-top refrigerator had been seized for not staying cold, some items on the ice cream at the taco bar weren’t cold enough, and there were several flies inside and two dead cockroaches in a storage room.
Santorini Gyro, at 190 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was approved June 4th and got an unsatisfactory of 72/C. The inspector confiscated a hood that was installed without approval and limited what types of food the restaurant can prepare until the hood is approved and a grease trap is installed. The restaurant had two critical infractions: the food was at unsafe temperatures in two refrigerators seized for failing to stay cold and a steam table that was not hot enough. Dishes were also not properly washed or disinfected. Of the 15 minor violations, prepackaged lamb steaks had been removed from the freezer the night before and placed on the floor to thaw, and an employee did not wash hands.
Rodeo Cafe, at 847 6th St. in Norco, was approved June 2 and was given a fail of 82/B with two critical violations. The dishwasher was confiscated because no disinfectant was dispensed. Also, three large tubs of gravy were not properly cooled to safe temperatures. Among the seven minor violations were flies in the back kitchen and ants through a garbage can.
Updates from last weeks
little birds, on Hamner Ave 1845. Suite A in Norco, which failed a June 3 inspection with a score of 73/C and was closed for not having functioning refrigerators or the ability to properly wash dishes, was allowed to reopen June 10th. It passed a follow-up inspection with a mark of 99/A.
About this list
This list will be published online on Friday. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be added to next week’s list.
All food facilities in the province are routinely inspected to ensure they comply with health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation – and may have to be closed if the violation cannot be corrected immediately – and one or two points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is passed. Grades of B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or lower) fail and typically require the owner to make improvements and re-inspect.
For more information on inspections of this or other Riverside County restaurants, 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 outside business hours.