Restaurant Closures, Inspections in San Bernardino, Riverside Counties, October 1-7 – San Bernardino Sun
Riverside County has not reported any restaurants or other dining establishments to be closed due to imminent health risks between October 1 and October 7, 2021. This is the only facility that San Bernardino County health inspectors have temporarily closed during this time.
Panda Express, 745 E. Hospitality Lane Suite A, San Bernardino
- Firm: October 6
- Class: Not rated (most recent was 99 / A on May 25)
- Raison: No hot water. The inspector attended in response to a complaint of foodborne illness and discovered that the water heater had turned off. No other violation was found.
- Reopened: Later in the day after repairing the water heater
Non-closure inspections to note
Here are selected inspections of facilities that were not closed but had other significant issues.
The Bargain Stores at 9154 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga was inspected on Oct. 5 in response to a complaint that it was selling expired vitamins. An employee admitted that the store sells food past the expiration date. The inspector noted that apart from infant formula, expiration dates are not required by law and are not an indicator of product safety. The store received a rating of 82 / B with two critical violations. Eighteen boxes on the shelves were dented, some severely, and three dozen containers of cheese were moldy. Also, two sinks did not have hot water. Among the nine other infractions, there were dead cockroaches on the floor of the cold room, but the inspector said a thorough search found no signs of active infestation. A follow-up inspection was scheduled to verify this.
Round Table Pizza, at 11617 Cherry Ave. in Fontana, was inspected on October 5 and received a rating of 82 / B with a critical violation. A large container of fungus in the cold room had “an excessive buildup of green and white hairs like mold growth.” Among the other 11 violations, there was mold in an ice maker whose ice was not used in drinks, just to keep containers cool in a non-functioning refrigerator; a sink for washing hands did not have hot water; and bags of flour and boxes of chicken were stored directly on the ground. This was the restaurant’s third B rating in two years.
Dona maria, at 9134 Foothill Blvd. at Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected on October 5 and received a rating of 83 / B with a critical violation. Containers of beef soup, pupusa mixture and cheese had been left too long at room temperature; about 30 pounds of food was thrown away. Among the other 10 violations, the cooked plantains did not cool quickly enough to a safe temperature, and there were holes in a wall and ceiling, a repeated violation. This was the restaurant’s third B rating since 2019 and it was closed for a week in June 2018 due to a sewage back-up.
Alfredo’s Italian cuisine, at 251 W. Base Line in San Bernardino, was inspected on September 30 in response to a complaint that it was not displaying a note card, as required. It received an 86 / B during its last inspection, in September 2020. (Inspectors visited the facility several times this summer and closed it twice as the restaurant faced a cockroach infestation, but no has not performed a graduated inspection.)
Updates from past weeks
Punjab Palace Cuisine of India, at 1766 University Ave. Suite 102 at Riverside, which failed an inspection on September 29 with a score of 80 / B and was closed for a cockroach infestation, was allowed to reopen on October 1. until inspection with a 95 / A. The inspector didn’t see any cockroaches, but made the restaurant throw away containers of loose flour after finding weevils in them.
Mexican Grill Zendejas, at 2440 S. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, which was closed on September 29 due to a cockroach infestation, was allowed to reopen on September 30 after a pest control visit. The inspector saw a few dead cockroaches but none alive. Another critical inspection violation had not been corrected – three refrigerators still did not keep the cold. All the food the restaurant was supposed to have thrown out was still in the refrigerators, the inspector wrote. Another follow-up inspection was planned.
Khwae River, at 23750 boul. Alessandro. Suite L101 in Moreno Valley, which was closed on September 16 for operating without a valid permit and having no hot water, was allowed to reopen on September 22 after paying for a new permit and restoring hot water. He was given a passing score of 90 / A with two critical infractions: a prep cooler was impounded for not keeping the cold, and there was black mold in the soda fountain faucets. The inspector urged the restaurant, “Please increase basic sanitary standards. “
Chris Burgers, at 28325 Winchester Road in Winchester, which was closed on September 8 for not having enough working refrigeration, has reopened under new ownership. The previous owner had been the subject of a license suspension / revocation hearing after failing five inspections and being closed twice in the past three years. A health department official said the new owner corrected all violations since the last inspection.
The snack of Santana Park East, at 2830 Kellogg Ave. in Corona, which was closed on September 2 due to a rodent infestation, was allowed to reopen on October 4. He passed an inspection with a score of 94 / A, although the inspector found a dead mouse on the floor under a sink and droppings in an ice maker.
About this listing
This list is posted online on Friday. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be included in next week’s list.
Inspectors visit food facilities for routine inspections, follow-ups and complaint investigations. In graduated inspections, the establishment begins with a score of 100 and can lose between 1 and 4 points for any of the 50 violations of the health code. A grade of 90 or more is an A, 80-89 is a B, and 79 or less is a C. Riverside County considers the B and C grades to be failing; San Bernardino County does not have a pass / fail system. A facility will be closed if the inspector discovers an imminent health hazard that cannot be corrected immediately.
For more information on inspections in San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/FacilityList/food. To file a health complaint, go to www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/StaticComplaint or call 800-442-2283.
For more information on inspections in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file a complaint, go to www.rivcoeh.org/Complaint or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 outside of business hours.