Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between Jan. 17 and 24, 2019, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Los Primos Meat Market/Carniceria & Taqueria, 46490 Calhoun St., Indio
- Closure date: Jan. 23
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason for closure: Fire (detailed report not available)
Deli at Jensen’s Finest Foods, 2465 E. Palm Canyon Drive Suite 7, Palm Springs
- Closure date: Jan. 18
- Grade: 84/B, failing
- Reason for closure: Sewage overflow. A clean-out port was overflowing with water when the hand sink was used; the deli was briefly closed but the rest of the facility stayed open. In a lesser violation, some meat being held in a steam table and a rotisserie chicken hot case wasn’t within a safe temperature range; both pieces of equipment were impounded.
- Reopening date: Jan. 18; the line was unclogged and the deli reopened before the inspector left
- New grade: 96/B, passing, in Jan. 24 follow-up inspection; the impounded equipment had been fixed and was cleared to use
Johnny’s Burgers #2, 4825 La Sierra Ave., Riverside
- Closure date: Jan. 17
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason for closure: Leaky roof allowing rain into the kitchen (detailed report not available). The restaurant closed for a day in December for the same reason.
- Reopening date: Jan. 18
Not previously reported: The Del Taco at 4407 Brockton Ave. in Riverside was closed briefly Jan. 15 because of a sewage overflow. A plumber came out that day and unclogged the drain, and the facility was permitted to reopen when the inspector verified the floor sinks were working properly. The restaurant received a grade of 96/A, passing, after it reopened.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues in their inspections.
Sonoma Grill at Embassy Suites, 74700 Highway 111 in Palm Desert, was visited Jan. 24 for a complaint investigation and routine inspection, and received a failing grade of 85/B. Someone complained there was a cockroach infestation. The inspector found “a major/significant problem” including multiple dead roaches and several holes in the facility that vermin could be getting in through, but saw no live roaches. The inspector didn’t close the restaurant but ordered it to call pest control, clean thoroughly and seal all holes before a follow-up inspection to be held within a week.
Seasons Coffee & Gifts at 3865 Jackson St. in Riverside was inspected Jan. 24 and received a failing grade of 87/B. There were no critical violations but several lesser ones, including water not being hot enough (it was fixed by the end of the inspection) and an employee not washing hands. Additionally, the inspector found frozen raw chicken that the operator said is used to make food that they cater to hospitals; the facility does not have any cooking facilities so it was told to remove the chicken immediately. (In an August inspection that resulted in a closure, the inspector also found raw chicken in the freezer and was told the owner cooked it at home, which is not permitted.) An administrative hearing was scheduled because this was the facility’s second failed inspection in less than a year.
Havana Kitchen Coffee & Tea, at 41955 5th St. Suite 101 in Temecula, was inspected Jan. 23 and received a failing grade of 81/B, with two critical violations. Food wasn’t being held at safe temperatures (multiple items sitting out, in ice baths or in a cooler weren’t cold enough; the cooler was impounded for not working properly) and food wasn’t being reheated properly (which the inspector noted was a repeat violation).
Steve’s Burgers West, at 240 S. Sanderson Ave. in Hemet, was inspected Jan. 22 and received a failing grade of 80/B, with two critical violations. Two employees didn’t wash hands properly, and the restaurant wasn’t using proper cooling methods (some large containers of food that had been in the cooler for more than a day hadn’t cooled down to a safe temperature, and other items at the cook line weren’t cold enough either). A cooler and some refrigerated drawers at the cook line were red-tagged for not working properly. An administrative hearing was scheduled because this was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in two years.
About this list
The county routinely inspects and grades all facilities that handle open, non-prepackaged food. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is passing. Grades of B (80-89 points) and C (79 or below) are failing and typically require the proprietor to make improvements and be re-inspected. A facility may be closed temporarily because of a major violation that can’t immediately be fixed.
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s list. 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.