Riverside County Restaurant Closures, Inspections, July 16-22 – Press Enterprise
Here are the restaurants and other food establishments that inspectors from the Riverside County Environmental Health Department temporarily closed due to imminent health risks between July 16 and July 22, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed this establishment as reopened as of this publication.
Chinese red ginger bistro, 1185 Magnolia Ave., Corona
- Firm: 22nd of July
- To note: 84 / B, failing that
- Raison: In the absence of a probation inspection. There was a critical violation for raw chicken, raw beef and bean sprouts at unsafe temperatures in a refrigerator that was impounded for not functioning. Among the nine minor infractions were fruit flies in the alcohol (a recurring problem) and a condensation leak in the walk-in freezer. The restaurant was placed on probation in 2020 after three unsuccessful inspections and a closure in two years. This is the third time that she has failed an inspection and has been closed while on probation; the other two times were in September and March.
Los Novillos Market, 2650 Main Street, Riverside (partial closure)
- Firm: 22nd of July
- To note: 80 / B, failing that
- Raison: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw numerous live and dead cockroaches on the floor in the meat department. Pest control was out that day and the bill said they had found 20 live cockroaches. The inspector closed the meat department and the kitchen, but the market was allowed to continue selling prepackaged foods. There was another critical violation, for food being at unsafe temperatures in a cooler that was impounded for not functioning. This is the second market inspection failure this year, so it now faces an administrative hearing.
Horizon Gardens, 67670 Carey Road, Cathedral City
- Firm: July 21
- To note: 84 / B, failing that
- Raison: Rodent infestation. The inspector saw rat droppings under the dishwasher and in a storage room, and rat traps were installed throughout the facility. An employee told the inspector that there had been a recent problem with rats and a rat had been spotted the day before. The employee said the droppings must have come from the day before as staff had tried to keep the kitchen clean. The last pest control bill was over six weeks ago. There was another critical violation, for the food being at unsafe temperatures in a hinged-lid refrigerator that was impounded to not keep cold.
Non-closure inspections to note
Here are selected inspections of facilities that were not closed but had significant issues.
Ra Sushi, at 2785 Cabot Drive Suite 101 in Corona (in stores in Dos Lagos), was inspected on July 22 and received a failure rating of 80 / B with two critical violations. Food contact surfaces were not clean – the dishwasher could not properly sanitize the dishes and was impounded until it could be repaired, and there was mold in the soda gun nozzle and holster. Additionally, the restaurant had left sushi rice on a shelf the day before and had no procedures in place to track how long the rice is left at room temperature. Among the 11 minor infractions, the handy refrigerator at the sushi bar was impounded for not keeping the cold, employees did not know dishwashing procedures, and the facility needed to be cleaned.
the Sbarro at 72840 Highway 111 in Palm Desert (in the Westfield Palm Desert Mall) was inspected on July 22 and given a failure rating of 85 / B. Of the 10 violations, none of which were marked as critical, the inspector saw live cockroaches, some toppings were at unsafe temperatures in a flip-top refrigerator that needed repair, and the same refrigerator contained food debris and a “heavy build-up of mold”.
Harry cafe, at 748 W. Ramona Expressway in Perris, was inspected on July 20 in response to a complaint of foodborne illness. He received a failure rating of 78 / C with three critical violations. An employee handled raw meat and then hamburger buns without washing his hands. Cooked chicken, bacon and potatoes weren’t hot enough, while uncooked fries and condiments weren’t kept cold. And the dishwasher wasn’t disinfecting the dishes properly. Of the eight minor infractions, food was stored uncovered and boxes of French fries were stacked on the floor. This was the third failed inspection of the restaurant since 2019 and it is now the subject of an administrative hearing.
Updates from past weeks
Sushi Zen, at 1525 E. Ontario Ave. Suite 108 in Corona, who got a 66 / C on July 13 and whose license was revoked for failing an inspection while on probation, was allowed to reopen on July 19. He passed another inspection with a score of 95 / A and bought a new health permit for $ 2,212 – double the usual fee as it was his second shutdown since being placed on probation.
Sushi Miguel’s style, at 12625 Frederick St. Suite 1 in Moreno Valley, which was closed on July 13 for lack of refrigeration, was allowed to reopen the next day.
Joyce’s sushi, at 36101 Bob Hope Drive Suite E1 in Rancho Mirage, which was closed on July 13 due to a cockroach infestation, was cleared to reopen on July 19. Pest control had surrendered, the facility was clean, and the inspector saw no cockroaches. The restaurant passed an inspection with a score of 93 / A.
Allsup Convenience Store, at 1703 N Main St. in Riverside, whose license to sell prepared foods and beverages was suspended on July 9 due to a cockroach infestation, has been allowed to fully reopen. He passed an inspection on July 15 with a 99 / A.
The snack of Deleo Regional Sports Park, at 25655 Santiago Canyon Road in Corona, which was closed on June 30 for no hot water, was allowed to reopen on July 20 after the water heater was replaced.
About this listing
This list is posted online on Friday. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be included in next week’s list.
All food facilities in the county 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 (80-89 points) and C (79 or less) fail and usually require the owner to make improvements and be re-inspected.
For more information on inspections of these or any other 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 outside of business hours. ‘opening.