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Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between July 12 and 18, 2019, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health.
PhilHouse Hot Foods at Island Pacific Seafood Market, 44060 Margarita Road, Temecula
Closure date: July 17
Grade: 81/B, failing
Reason for closure: Failing an inspection while on probation. There were four critical violations. An employee didn’t wash hands (then when told to wash, used a sink that didn’t have hot water). Several containers of food were at unsafe temperatures, including meat at the front service counter, rice in a rice warmer and some food sitting out on a prep table. Another dish wasn’t being reheated properly. And an employee washed a knife in the same sink where food was being thawed. This was the restaurant’s fourth failed inspection since 2018; it was put on probation after the last one in February.
Reopening date: July 18 after correcting violations and paying a new application and permit fee. It remains on probation.
New grade: 98/A, passing
Brandon’s Diner, 4719 Green River Road, Corona
Closure date: July 17
Grade: 80/B, failing
Reason for closure: No hot water. The owner said the water heater had broken that morning and a technician was trying to fix it; the facility continued to operate. There was one other critical violation, for some sausage, salad dressing and whipped butter containing milk being at unsafe temperatures.
Reopening date: July 18
Domino’s Pizza, 4100 Central Ave. Suite 105, Riverside
Closure date: July 12
Grade: 85/B, failing
Reason for closure: No hot water. The facility was still operating despite not having hot water to properly wash hands and dishes. Additionally, there were no filters in the exhaust hood over the pizza oven, which was in use; the restaurant was told to immediately cease cooking and never use that equipment without filters in the hood above.
Reopening date: Later that day
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues in their inspections.
The Chuck E. Cheese’s at 191 McKinley St. in Corona was inspected July 18 in response to a foodborne illness complaint and received a failing grade of 83/B with one critical violation, for food in two refrigeration units not being at a safe temperature. Both units were impounded until they can be repaired or replaced. Among the nine lesser violations, some food-contact surfaces weren’t clean: the soda machine’s nozzles and ice chute, the inside of the dough mixer and a cheese grater (a repeat violation; an employee said it doesn’t get cleaned until night, rather than every four hours as required to prevent bacterial growth).
Mo’s Egg House, at 27405 Jefferson Ave. in Temecula, was inspected July 18 and received a failing grade of 83/B with two critical violations. Multiple items of food inside three refrigeration units, plus some eggs left out at the prep line, were at unsafe temperatures. The walk-in cooler was adjusted and reached a proper temperature but two smaller units were impounded. Also, some sausages weren’t being held at a hot enough temperature.
Perris Burgers, at 12341 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley, was inspected July 17 and received a failing grade of 84/B. There were no critical violations, but among the lesser violations, some food was at unsafe temperatures and an employee didn’t wash hands between handling raw eggs and cooked bacon. The restaurant will undergo a review for failing its first inspection since being taken off probation; prior to this, records show, it hadn’t failed since an October 2016 inspection and closure.
Philippine Island Grill, at 24021 Alessandro Blvd. Suite A104-A105 in Moreno Valley, was inspected July 15 and received a failing grade of 83/B with two critical violations. Some employees weren’t washing hands, and multiple items of food were at unsafe temperatures, including some desserts left out since the day before, some items in a warming unit since the day before and some food in a steam table that hadn’t been turned on. Additionally, the inspector noted that the restaurant’s health permit expired May 31. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection since 2017; it now faces a permit suspension/revocation hearing.
Updates from past weeks
Lucky Wok, at 11046 Limonite Ave. in Jurupa Valley, which failed a July 9 inspection with a grade of 80/B and was closed for a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen July 16.
The food market at the Dollar Tree Store at 30950 Date Palm Dr. in Cathedral City, which was closed July 9 because of a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen July 16 after the market received pest-control service twice, sealed gaps that could let in vermin, discarded contaminated items and cleaned the affected areas. It received a passing grade of 97/A.
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About this list
All food facilities in the county are routinely inspected to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation — and may have to close if the violation can’t be corrected immediately — and one or two points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is passing. Grades of B (80 to 89 points) and C (79 or below) are failing and typically require the proprietor to make improvements and be re-inspected.
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s list. For more information on inspections of these or any 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 after-hours.
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