Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors temporarily closed due to imminent health hazards between September 23 and 29, 2022. If no reopening date is listed, the department has not reopened that facility as of this publication.
Fatty Boy Tacos1821 S. San Jacinto Ave. Suite E, San Jacinto
- Closed: Sept. 29
- Grade: 80/B, failed
- Reason: Insufficient cooling. The inspector, who visited for a foodborne illness complaint, found that all three refrigerators were non-functional. The operator said two units, along with the air conditioner, went out the previous weekend, and the third – the only one that still had perishable food in it – started having problems that day. All three were arrested. Among other violations, the inspector saw one live and one dead cockroach (staff were told to contact pest control), two sinks did not have soap, the floors and walls needed cleaning, and there were some issues beyond the broken refrigerators with food at unsafe temperatures. In addition, the restaurant was operating without a valid health permit; the last one expired in May.
Freddy’s Tacos21465 Palomar St., Wildomar
- Closed: Sept. 29
- Grade: 82/B, failed
- Reason: Rodent infestation. The inspector found rodent droppings throughout the facility, including under food storage containers and behind the cash register. Among other violations were food at unsafe temperatures, an employee washing dishes did not know the proper steps and equipment to be cleaned.
Millet’s Cafe1140 Beaumont Avenue. Suite A, Beaumont
- Closed: Sept. 28
- Grade: 73/C, failed
- Reason: Insufficient cooling. Two refrigerators did not keep cold, and about 80 pounds of food had to be thrown away. Among other violations, there were flies in the kitchen, the person in charge handled a dirty towel and then touched fish without washing hands, another employee touched raw fish and then a to-go box without to wash, an open can of meat was left out for four hours, beef was not properly defrosted and there was residue in the ice machine.
Farm boys23190 Cajalco Highway, Perris
- Closed: Sept. 28
- Grade: 82/B, failed
- Reason: Rodent infestation. The inspector found numerous droppings under the steam table by the cooking line, under the drive-through window counter and in two storage areas. Pest control was there just two days before. The restaurant was told to clean food debris from the equipment, floors and walls and to make repairs to keep vermin out.
Ramona’s Mexican Cafe249 W. Sixth St., Beaumont
- Closed: Sept. 23
- Grade: 81/B, failed
- Reason: Rodent infestation, insufficient cooling. The inspector saw mist in several areas, including in the interior compartment of the soda machine, under food storage shelves, under the bar sink, on top of the beer keg refrigerator, and on the floor near the ice machine. In addition, two refrigerators did not keep cold, and more than 85 pounds of food inside had to be thrown away. Among other violations, 20 pounds of soup in another refrigerator was in the temperature danger zone too long and was also thrown away, and there was residue in the ice machine.
- Reopen: Sept. 27
- New grade: 95/A, passing
Juice Paradise39716 Winchester Road, Temecula
- Closed: Sept. 23
- Grade: Not rated
- Reason: No hot water. The operator said the water heater was not working and would be repaired in a few days. They were not allowed to remain open in the meantime.
- Reopen: Sept. 29
Non-closing inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that were not closed but had significant problems.
That of Ciro, at 81963 Highway 111 in Indio, was inspected Sept. 28 and received a failing grade of 84/B. Among the 13 violations, none of which were marked as critical, were some items at unsafe temperatures in several refrigerators, one of which did not keep cold enough; three other radiators leaked; 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 Food at 325 Luis Estrada Road Suite 100 in Beaumont was inspected Sept. 28 and received a failing grade of 84/B with two critical violations. Several items of food were at unsafe temperatures, including salsa in a cooler that did not keep cold; the inspector warned that this is a repeat violation and continued problems could result in a citation or trial. Also, a sink did not have hot water and the person in charge had to turn on the water heater. Among the five other 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 Sept. 28 and received a failing grade of 85/B with two critical violations. Multiple flies landed on tortillas at the food prep table. Also, dishes were washed without enough disinfectant. Among the five other violations were cooking potatoes at an unsafe temperature. It was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in the past three years.
Empire Buffet, at 12125 Day St. Suite M415 in Moreno Valley, was inspected September 26 and received a failing grade of 74/C with four critical violations. Employees “changed jobs without washing their hands at all.” Several items of food left unattended were at unsafe temperatures and had to be discarded. Staff did not keep track of how long sushi rice was left at room temperature. And the inspector noted “BAT” raw chicken in direct contact with raw beef, which also had to be thrown away. Among the seven other violations, there were several flies inside, and meat was not properly thawed.
R&B tea, at 1889 University Ave Suite 105 in Riverside, was inspected Sept. 23 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Employees did not wash hands after tasks such as handling payments, touching their phones and washing dishes, and the inspector noted that one hand sink did not have cold water and another had a broken soap dispenser. Someone also rinsed equipment at the beverage preparation station, but did not wash or sanitize it, and told the inspector that front-of-house equipment was only washed and sanitized once a week. (Health code requires it at least every four hours.) Among the 10 other violations, many flagged as repeat issues, some strawberries were moldy, floors and walls were excessively dirty, staff didn’t keep track of how long boba had been out. at room temperature, and they were told to stop using a sugar syrup dispenser that could not be adequately cleaned.
The KFC at 16040 Perris Blvd. in Moreno Valley was inspected Sept. 23 and received a failing grade of 81/B with one critical violation. An employee used the mop sink to wash hands, and when told to use the hand sink instead, did so with cold water. Among the 13 other violations, the inspector saw one live and four dead cockroaches in the toilets. Staff were told to contact pest control, and to clean up equipment and the “excess” food debris on the floor.
Updates from past weeks
Market placeat 34021 Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City, which was told to stop selling prepared food on Sept. 16 because of a cockroach infestation, was allowed to fully reopen Sept. 19.
About this list
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants reopen will be included in next week’s list.
All food facilities in the country are regularly inspected to ensure they meet health codes. A facility loses four points for each critical violation — and may have to close if the violation cannot be corrected immediately — and one or two points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 marks) pass. Grades B (80 to 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 restaurants in Riverside County, visit restaurantgrading.rivcoeh.org. To file 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.