Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between Nov. 21 and 29, 2018, 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.
Alberto’s Mexican Food, 3565 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside
- Closure date: Nov. 29
- Grade: 83/B, failing
- Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw live roaches in multiple locations including around the cooks line, above a food-prep sink, inside a package of paper bags at the drive-thru area and in dry storage areas.
Pho-nomenom, 41797 Nicole Lane, Temecula
- Closure date: Nov. 27
- Grade: 80/B, failing
- Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw multiple live and dead roaches in the restaurant. Because this was the facility’s third failed inspection in less than two years, a permit suspension/revocation hearing will be scheduled.
Del Lago Liquor, 1276 Border Ave., Corona (partial closure)
- Partial closure date: Nov. 26
- Grade: 80/B, failing
- Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw live roaches around the soda/Icee machine, as well as dead roaches on the soda/Icee counter and in the mariscos/seafood area. The facility was ordered to stop serving prepared food and beverages but was allowed to continue selling prepackaged items. Because this was the facility’s second failed inspection in less than two years, an administrative hearing will be held.
Patsy’s Country Kitchen, 300 S. Highland Springs Ave., Banning
- Closure date: Nov. 21
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason for closure: Rodent infestation. Detailed report not available.
- Reopening date: Nov. 26
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues in their inspections.
Lucky Wok, at 11046 Limonite Ave. in Jurupa Valley, was inspected Nov. 29 and received a failing grade of 76/C, with no critical violations but 17 lesser violations including for a cook not washing hands properly after handling an unapproved insect spray and for having flies in the facility. This is the restaurant’s second failed inspection this year and fifth in four years; an administrative hearing has been scheduled.
Mr. You Chinese Food, at 24933 Sunnymead Blvd. in Moreno Valley, was inspected Nov. 27 and received a failing grade of 74/C, with two critical violations. Multiple containers of hot food weren’t being held at a safe temperature, and multiple containers of cooked and raw food that had been inside a walk-in refrigerator since the night before hadn’t yet cooled to a safe temperature. Because this was the second failed inspection in less than two years, an administrative hearing will be held.
Chuyita’s Seafood & Mexican Grill, at 24021 Alessandro Blvd. in Moreno Valley, was inspected Nov. 26 and received a failing grade of 75/C, with three critical violations. Employees were not following handwashing requirements, including one who didn’t wash after handling raw bacon; some salsa and cooked jalapenos weren’t being held at safe temperatures; and there were several dirty food-contact surfaces including a can opener, water sprayers and a potato peeler. In a lesser violation, there was no hot water when the inspector arrived but the water heater was already being repaired. Because this was the second failed inspection in less than two years, an administrative hearing will be held.
The Little Caesars at 23031 Sunnymead Blvd. Suite A in Moreno Valley was inspected Nov. 26 and received a failing grade of 76/C, with three critical violations. Employees were not following handwashing requirements; too much pizza dough was being taken out of the refrigerator at a time, causing some to reach the temperature “danger zone”; and two carts of cooked pizzas were sitting out with no indication of how long they had been at room temperature. Because this was the second failed inspection in less than two years, an administrative hearing was scheduled.
Updates from past weeks
La Perla Market, at 871 E. Florida Ave. in Hemet, which failed a Nov. 7 inspection with a grade of 68/C and was closed because of a cockroach infestation, was reinspected Nov. 21 and passed with a grade of 96/A. It reopened later the 21st after repairing a sink faucet as ordered by the inspector.
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.