Restaurants closed, inspections March 11-17 in Riverside County – Press Enterprise

Below are restaurants and other food facilities temporarily closed by Riverside County Environmental Health Department inspectors from March 11-17, 2022 due to imminent health hazards. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department has not listed the facility as of this publication.

Citrus Hill High School Gym and Stadium concession stand18150 Wood Road, Perris

  • closure: March 17
  • grade: Not rated
  • reason: Currently operating without a health license

Palm Springs Shells4875 E. Ramon Road, Palm Springs (partially closed)

  • closure: March 16
  • grade: 96/A, passed
  • reason: There is no hot water. The station is allowed to continue selling prepackaged food and beverages.
  • reopen: later that day

la costnitaFood Truck, 3815 Wabash Drive, Jurupa Valley

  • closure: March 15
  • grade: 87/B, failed
  • reason: No refrigeration, no sanitizer. None of the truck’s refrigerators were working; the operator said they had been working earlier in the day. The operator also does not have any disinfectant.

Walmart Deli and bakery5601 E. Ramon Road, Palm Springs

Non-closed inspection considerations

Below are selected inspections of facilities that were not closed but had significant problems.

wilma and frida, at 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was inspected on March 16 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two serious violations. Food temperatures were unsafe in three coolers, which were impounded for not keeping cold. A dishwasher was also impounded for not dispensing sanitizer. Among the nine other infractions, there was an empty cockroach trap next to food in one of the coolers that was not working, cooked chicken was not cooling down fast enough, and several areas needed cleaning.

Carniceria Rancho Grande, at 13313 Palm Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, was inspected on March 16 and received a failing grade of 81/B with one serious violation. Multiple items were at unsafe temperatures, including a container of ripe tomatoes on the floor and a container of pickled carrots that had been at room temperature since it was delivered a week ago. In 11 other violations, there were numerous flies in the facility, some on cutting boards, some other small bugs on the wall, and a dead cockroach in a hole in the wall; an employee kept Wipes his hands with his dirty apron; dishes are being washed but not sanitized; several areas need cleaning or repairs. This is the second time in less than two years the market has failed inspections and is now facing an administrative hearing.

Poke Bistro, 3375 Iowa Ave. Suite K in Riverside, was inspected on March 16 and received a failing grade of 83/B with one serious violation. No employee washes their hands when they should. The main kitchen sink was marked “James Only Do Not Use,” the inspector wrote. The monitor said the boss told employees to wash their hands at the front desk service line or at the cleaning sink in the restroom, a practice the inspector said to stop. Among 12 other violations , there was a dead cockroach on the glue trap (but no evidence of a live cockroach), inspectors were told the temperature of the cooked food was not checked by staff, the food was not stored in approved containers and the kitchen needed to be cleaned and organized. Inspectors noted that “due to the escalation of the situation, they were unable to review the report. The owner refused to sign the report and requested an administrative hearing.”

Big Sky Bistro, at 1575 University Ave. Suite A in Riverside, was inspected on March 15 and received a failing grade of 70/C with three serious violations. The food temperature in the sushi bar prep cooler has been impounded. (Inspectors noticed a small fan had been placed in the engine bay in an attempt to cool it down.) Many employees did not wash their hands. Additionally, dishwashers were impounded for not dispensing sanitizer, and an employee was seen reusing bowls that had been rinsed but not washed. Among 15 other violations, cases of raw frozen meat were left at room temperature, food containers were stored on the floor, ice machines had mold and biofilm, and equipment and surfaces throughout the facility were “wrapped” with food debris (long term repeated violations), there was “a lot” of uncooked rice on the floor. Food over 100 pounds had to be thrown away.

Rick’s Restaurant, at 1973 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was inspected on March 15 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two serious violations. Some foods are at unsafe temperatures in an unrefrigerated refrigerator. Also, a fly landed on the cookie dough on the prep table. Among the other eight violations, the food storage area had old rodent droppings (but no evidence of live rodents) and the facility needed cleaning.

Updates from the past few weeks

Ocean Pho, Suite 100 at 4069 Chicago Ave. Riverside, which failed a 75/C rating during an inspection on March 3 and was closed due to a rodent infection, was allowed to reopen on March 16. After failing four inspections, it is now in the trial period and has been shut down twice since 2019, passing the new inspection with a score of 100/A.

About this list

The list was published online Friday. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be included in next week’s list.

All food facilities in the county are routinely inspected to ensure they meet health norms. Facilities are deducted 4 points for each serious violation—may have to close if the violation cannot be corrected immediately—and 1 or 2 points for minor violations. A grade (90 to 100 points) passed. A failing grade of B (80 to 89) and C (79 or below) usually requires improvement and re-inspection by the owner.

For more information on inspecting these or any restaurants in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file a health complaint about a restaurant, visit www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after hours.

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