Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, June 30-July 7 – Press Enterprise

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Environmental Health Department inspectors have temporarily closed due to imminent health risks between June 30 and July 7, 2022.

Food space of Mary Pickford 1436850 Pickfair Street, Cathedral City

  • Firm: July 7
  • To note: 90/A, passing, June 30
  • Raison: cockroach infestation. During the June 30 inspection, the inspector saw three live cockroaches and several dead cockroaches. (This inspection was initiated by a foodborne illness complaint. Among other violations, an employee failed to wash his hands after handling cash, another employee said he only used hand sanitizer rather than washing hands, a bag of ice cream milk was at an unsafe temperature in a refrigerator that was impounded to keep out the cold, and employees said the utensils didn’t are usually cleaned only once a day instead of every four hours as needed.) During follow-up a week later, there were three live cockroaches, two egg casings, and one dead cockroach, and some holes in the walls, ceilings and floor tiles had not been repaired, so the theater’s restoration license was suspended.
  • Reopened: July 8. The inspector found two cockroaches nymphs dead but none alive.

Taqueria La Faena16380 Perris Blvd., Moreno Valley

  • Firm: July the 5th
  • To note: 87/B, fail
  • Raison: Insufficient refrigeration. The cold room was confiscated to keep out the cold and about 90 pounds of food had to be thrown away. The restaurant did not have enough extra space for the refrigerator to continue to operate.
  • Reopened: July 6

Well in the desertat St. Paul’s Church in the Desert, 125 W. El Alameda, Palm Springs

  • Firm: June 30th
  • To note: 90/A, passing, June 22
  • Raison: Cockroach infestation. During the June 22 inspection, which in response to a complaint about cockroaches, the inspector saw three live but dying cockroaches and several dead cockroaches at the establishment, which feeds the homeless. An inspector returned on June 30, but the problem had not been resolved, so the authorized kitchen was closed. However, a health department spokesperson said the organization was cleared to continue operating in a different kitchen.

Non-closing note checks

Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t shut down but had significant issues.

Corona Burgers & Eatsat 307 E. 6th St. in Corona, was inspected July 6 in response to a foodborne illness complaint and received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical infractions. The establishment had no hot water when the inspector arrived, but the manager immediately turned on the pilot light of the water heater and the restaurant was not closed. In addition, three refrigerators were seized so as not to keep the cold. The inspector said the responsible person was repeatedly told to throw all the food inside, but employees were still serving the food. Among the other eight violations, an employee did not properly sanitize dishes. It was the restaurant’s second B rating in two years (and the first also involved a foodborne illness complaint).

D Street Marketat 1019 D St. in Perris, was inspected July 6 and received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Half of a cold top unit was impounded for not keeping cold, and about 100 small cups of salsa had to be thrown away, plus cooked rice had been left at room temperature. Also, there were several issues with dirty food contact surfaces, mainly utensils and dishes that needed to be washed. Among the other eight violations, someone’s phone was on a food prep table, the employee who took it down didn’t wash their hands afterwards, and when asked, he improperly washed hands; two tomatoes were moldy; a bag of onions was placed on the floor during food preparation; and food and ice were stored uncovered. Additionally, the market had set up a sushi bar without submitting plans to the health department and was told to stop using it immediately until the area was approved.

Shanghai Express, at 24990, boul. Alessandro. Suite A at Moreno Valley, was inspected July 5 and received a failing grade of 73/C with three critical violations. Nearly 350 pounds of beef, chicken, pork and chow mein had to be thrown out because they were at unsafe temperatures in the cold room, which initially didn’t work but remained cold when the inspection was complete . Also some cooked food was not cooled fast enough. And the dishes were washed without hot water. Of the other 13 violations, food was not protected from contamination and kitchen equipment needed cleaning.

Updates from previous weeks

El Ojo de Aguaat 580 S. San Jacinto Ave. in San Jacinto, which failed a June 28 inspection with an 81/B and was closed for lack of functional refrigerator space, was allowed to reopen on July 5. It also passed a re-inspection with a 98/A.

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 other restaurant in Riverside County, visit To file a restaurant health complaint, go to or call 888-722-4234 during business hours or 951-782-2968 after hours.

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