Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, Sept. 23-29 – 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 23-29, 2022. If no reopening date is listed, the department had not listed this establishment as reopened as of this release.
Fat Boy Tacos1821 S. San Jacinto Avenue Suite E, San Jacinto
- Firm: September 29
- To note: 80/B, fail
- Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. The inspector, visiting for a foodborne illness complaint, found that all three refrigerators were not working. The operator said two units, as well as the air conditioner, broke down the previous weekend, and the third – the only one that still contained perishables – started having problems that day. All three were impounded. Among other violations, the inspector saw a live cockroach and a dead one (staff were told to contact pest control), two sinks had no soap, the floors and walls needed cleaning, and he there were a few issues beyond broken fridges with unsafe temperature food. In addition, the restaurant was operating without a valid health permit; the last had expired in May.
Freddy’s Tacos21465 Palomar Street, Wildomar
- Firm: September 29
- To note: 82/B, fail
- Raison: Rodent infestation. The inspector found rodent droppings throughout the facility, including under food storage containers and behind the cash register. Among other infractions, the food was at unsafe temperatures, an employee doing the dishes did not know the proper steps, and the equipment had to be cleaned.
millet coffee1140 Beaumont Avenue, Suite A, Beaumont
- Firm: September 28
- To note: 73/C, fail
- Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. Two refrigerators were not keeping cold and about 80 pounds of food had to be thrown away. Among other violations, there were flies in the kitchen, an employee with a “persistent cough” worked with food, the manager handled a dirty towel then touched fish without washing his hands, another employee touched raw fish then a to-can with no wash, an open meat can had been out for four hours, the beef was not thawed properly and there was residue in the ice maker.
Farm boys23190 Cajalco Highway, Perris
- Firm: September 28
- To note: 82/B, fail
- Raison: Rodent infestation. The inspector found numerous droppings under the steam table at the cooking line, under the drive-thru window counter and in two storage areas. Pest control had just been there two days before. The restaurant was ordered to clean food debris from equipment, floors and walls, and make repairs to keep vermin out.
Ramona’s Mexican Cafe249 W. Sixth St., Beaumont
- Firm: September 23
- To note: 81/B, fail
- Raison: Rodent infestation, insufficient refrigeration. The inspector saw droppings in several places, including the interior compartment of the soda machine, under the food storage shelves, under the sink of the bar’s dishwasher, above the refrigerator of the beer keg and on the floor near the ice maker. Also, two refrigerators didn’t keep cold and over 85 pounds of food inside had to be thrown away. Among other violations, 20 pounds of soup in another refrigerator had been in the temperature danger zone too long and was also thrown away, and there was residue in the ice maker.
- Reopened: September 27
- New note: 95/A, passing
Juice paradise39716 Winchester Road, Temecula
- Firm: September 23
- To note: Not listed
- Raison: No hot water. The operator said the water heater was not working and needed to be fixed in a few days. They weren’t allowed to stay open in the meantime.
- Reopened: September 29
Non-closing note checks
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t shut down but had significant issues.
by Ciro, at 81963 Highway 111 in Indio, was inspected on September 28 and received a failing grade of 84/B. Among the 13 violations, none of which were marked as critical, a few items were at unsafe temperatures in multiple refrigerators, one of which was not keeping cold enough; three other coolers were leaking; there were flies in the restaurant; a long list of equipment and other surfaces to be cleaned; and someone’s keys and cell phone were on a food prep counter. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection since 2021, so it now faces an administrative hearing.
The Alberto’s Mexican cuisine at 325 Luis Estrada Road Suite 100 in Beaumont was inspected on September 28 and received a failing grade of 84/B with two critical violations. Several foods were at unsafe temperatures, including salsa in a cooler that wouldn’t keep cold; the inspector warned that this was a repeat offense and that continuing issues could result in a citation or hearing. Also, one sink had no hot water and the responsible person had to turn on the water heater. Among the other five violations were flies throughout the restaurant. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in less than a year.
Mr. Taco Beaumont, at 174 Beaumont Avenue in Beaumont, was inspected on September 28 and received a failing grade of 85/B with two critical violations. Several flies landed on tortillas at the food prep table. In addition, the dishes were washed without enough disinfectant. Of the other five violations, the cooked potatoes were at an unsafe temperature. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in the past three years.
Empire sideboard, at 12125 Day St. Suite M415 in Moreno Valley, was inspected on September 26 and received a failing grade of 74/C with four critical violations. Employees “changed tasks without washing their hands at all”. Several foods left unattended were at unsafe temperatures and had to be thrown away. The staff did not monitor how long the sushi rice had been left at room temperature. And the inspector noted “A LOT” of raw chicken in direct contact with raw beef, which also had to be discarded. Of the other seven violations, there were multiple flies inside and the meat was not thawed properly.
R&B tea, at 1889 University Ave. Suite 105 at Riverside, was inspected September 23 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Employees were not washing their hands after tasks such as processing payments, contacting their phones, and washing dishes, and the inspector noted that a hand-washing sink had no cold water and another had a broken soap dispenser. Also, someone rinsed the equipment at the beverage prep station, but did not wash or sanitize it, and told the inspector that storefront equipment is only washed and sanitized. once a week. (The health code requires it at least every four hours.) Among the other 10 violations, many of which were marked as recurring issues, some strawberries were moldy, floors and walls were excessively dirty, staff didn’t didn’t monitor how long boba was at room temperature, and were told to stop using a sugar syrup dispenser that couldn’t be cleaned properly.
The KFC at 16040 Perris Blvd. in the Moreno Valley was inspected on September 23 and received a failing grade of 81/B with a critical violation. One employee used the mop sink to wash his hands and when told to use the sink instead, he did so with cold water. Among the other 13 violations, the inspector saw one live cockroach and four dead ones in the toilets. Staff were instructed to contact pest control and clean up “excessive” equipment and food debris on the floor.
Updates from previous weeks
Market placeat 34021 Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City, which was told on September 16 to stop selling prepared foods due to a cockroach infestation, was allowed to fully reopen on September 19.
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 restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file a restaurant health complaint, go to www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after hours. opening.