Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, Sept. 2-8 – Press Enterprise

Here are the restaurants and other food establishments that Riverside County Environmental Health Department inspectors temporarily closed due to imminent health risks between September 2 and September 8, 2022. If no reopening date is listed, the department had not listed this establishment as reopened as of this release.

Taqueria Tomateros9164 Magnolia Ave, Riverside

  • Firm: September 8
  • To note: 83/B, fail
  • Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. The walk-in fridge and three other coolers were seized for not working. Employees said they noticed the walk-in was not maintaining its temperature that morning. A large amount of food had to be thrown away. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in three years.

Ahi Poki Bowl12510 Day St., Moreno Valley

  • Firm: September 8
  • To note: Not listed
  • Raison: Non-functional air conditioning. The temperature at the facility was too high for it to stay open, a health department spokesperson said.

Hong Kong Express25030 Hancock Ave. Suite 104, Murrieta

  • Firm: September 7
  • To note: 83/B, fail
  • Raison: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw numerous live cockroaches, including around the food preparation sink and dishwashing sink, under a food storage rack and on the kitchen floor. There were also many dead cockroaches on a wall near the sauce containers. There was another critical violation: some bottled sauces that required refrigeration were stored at room temperature and had mold inside. Also the surfaces in the restaurant needed cleaning. The restaurant had also been closed due to a cockroach infestation for about a week in November 2019.

Wetzel Pretzels1540 E. 2nd St., Beaumont

  • Firm: September 6
  • To note: 82/B, fail
  • Raison: Inability to do the dishes. The hot water had been turned off at the dishwasher sink due to a leak. “The responsible person also did not demonstrate how the facility washed dishes in an approved manner,” the inspector wrote. “They said they have only been sanitizing dishes since 9/5/22.” There was another critical violation, for an employee who failed to wash their hands after handling the register.
  • Reopened: Later that day

Pizza Small Caesars31703 Riverside Drive Suite 1, Lake Elsinore

  • Firm: September 6
  • To note: 84/B, fail
  • Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. The cold room was impounded for not keeping cold, and the cheese, pepperoni and sausages inside had to be thrown out. Among other violations, the establishment had flies and was told to clean up grease and food debris that attracted them. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in just under a year.
  • Reopened: September 7 after chiller repaired and all other violations fixed
  • New Note: 100/A, passing

Ramen Yoshiharu4910 Hamner Ave, Suite 150, Eastvale

  • Firm: September 6
  • To note: Not listed
  • Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. The cold room had been seized for not keeping cold during an inspection on August 30 which gave a failing grade of 81/B. When the inspector returned on September 6 for the mandatory follow-up, the cold room was back in use even though it had not been repaired and no other infractions had been properly corrected.

Non-closing note checks

Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t shut down but had significant issues.

Better be donuts, at 12266 Perris Blvd. in the Moreno Valley, was inspected on September 7 and received a failing grade of 76/C with a critical violation. The restaurant did not properly monitor how long the boba or croissants containing cheese, meat, eggs and jalapenos had been left at room temperature. Among the other 15 violations, the inspector found a dead cockroach near a back door, none of the employees knew how to wash dishes properly, several pieces of equipment were in poor condition and the surfaces of the establishment needed to be cleaned. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection since 2020.

Restaurant Santa Fe, at 68545 Ramon Road Suite C104 in Cathedral City, was inspected on September 7 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Food was at dangerous temperatures in two refrigerators that had been overfilled. Also, cooked food did not cool quickly enough. Among the other eight infractions for which the restaurant lost points and six no, there were live and dead flies in the kitchen, a kitchen sink had no soap, the employee restroom had no soap. hot water, dishes weren’t being washed properly, dirty pots and pans had been left on the floor and the inside of the ice maker needed cleaning.

El Ranchito Taco Shop, at 39840 Los Alamos Road Suites 3&4 in Murrieta, was inspected on September 7 and received a failing grade of 81/B with seven violations, four of which were marked as critical. Some tacos, taquitos, flautas and fries were not cold or hot enough. The cooked beans had not been cooled quickly enough. The cooked pork had not been reheated properly. And the dishes had been washed without enough disinfectant.

Too Frooty, at 12270 Perris Blvd. in the Moreno Valley, was inspected on September 7 and received a failing grade of 83/B with a critical violation. Some cut fruit was at an unsafe temperature in a cooler that didn’t keep cold (it was fixed at the end of the inspection) and a fruit sauce had been left out overnight at room temperature. Among the other 10 infractions, the inspector found three dead cockroaches (the establishment immediately called pest control), food was stored uncovered, and some items for sale lacked proper labels.

The 7-11 at 301 County Line Drive in Calimesa was inspected on September 6 and received a failing grade of 84/B with nine violations, two of which were marked as critical. There was a dead mouse on a glue trap in a storage room and droppings on the floor behind a freezer. The store was ordered to contact pest control. Also some chicken skewers were not hot enough.

The Arco ammeter at 74950 Gerald Ford Drive in Palm Desert was inspected on September 6 and received a failing grade of 86/B with 11 violations, none of which were marked as critical. Among them, the inspector found rodent droppings on the floor, including under the hot dog preparation area, and the soda dispenser pipe had been chewed through, causing a leak. Also, there was black mold in the ice machine.

Ban the village market, at 266 N. San Gorgonio Ave. in Banning, was inspected on September 2 in response to a complaint about, among other things, expired food. It received a failing grade of 82/B with 13 violations, none of which were marked as critical. Among them, expired infant milk cans and badly dented cans were for sale, the inspector found several spiders and cobwebs, an employee changed gloves without washing his hands, the employee washing the dishes didn’t know how long to sanitize them, and the equipment and floors needed cleaning. The market passed a follow-up inspection on September 6 with a score of 97/A. Spiders and dirty floors had not yet been dealt with.

Valentino Pizza and Sports Bar, at 780 Ramona Expressway Suites FG in Perris, was inspected on September 1 and received a failing grade of 69/C with a critical violation. Pizza toppings were at dangerous temperatures in a cooler and over 50 pounds of food had to be thrown away. Among the other 20 violations, the inspector found numerous live and dead fruit flies, two house flies and a spider, and told the restaurant to stop using unapproved pest control measures; a customer entered the kitchen, which is not authorized by the health code, opened a box of pizza and helped himself to a slice; a hand washing sink had no soap or paper towels; there were red and gray residue in the ice maker (not touching the ice) and old food residue on the meat slicer; the fryer was leaking oil; the majority of kitchen lights were not working; and a long list of areas to clean and repair. Also, three sinks didn’t have enough hot water and the restaurant had to shut down automatically if the water temperature continued to drop.

Updates from previous weeks

Mantra Indian Food, at 27645 Jefferson Ave. Suite 106 in Temecula, which failed an inspection Sept. 1 with a score of 80/B and was closed due to a sewage overflow, was allowed to reopen Sept. 2 after pumping the grease interceptor. He passed a follow-up with a score of 99/A.

About this listing

This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be included in next week’s list.

All county food facilities are regularly inspected to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation—and may have to shut down if the violation cannot be corrected immediately—and one or two points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) passes. Ratings of B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or less) fail and generally require the owner to make improvements and be re-inspected.

For more information on inspections of these restaurants or any restaurant in Riverside County, visit To file a restaurant health complaint, go to or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after hours. opening.

Karl M. Bailey