Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between July 29 and Aug. 4, 2022. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Food area of Marito Fitness Studio, 8351 Arlington Ave., Riverside
- Closed: Aug. 4
- Grade: 83/B, failing
- Reason: Wastewater backup. The floor sink for the warewashing sink was clogged and not draining. Among other violations, the inspector found numerous dead cockroaches and egg casings in a cabinet, the facility had food (strawberries) that it wasn’t allowed to serve because it doesn’t have a food-prep sink, and the water wasn’t quite hot enough.
La Michoacana Original, 22500 Town Circle Suite 2093, Moreno Valley
- Closed: Aug. 2
- Grade: 80/B, failing
- Reason: Inability to wash hands properly. The facility had failed a July 26 inspection with a score of 89/B and was shut down for having an expired permit and no paper towels, leaving workers unable to wash and dry hands correctly. The inspector returned a week later, after a facility representative failed to attend an administrative hearing, and found that it had reopened without permission and without correcting its violations, according to the report and a health department spokesperson. Among the violations, it still didn’t have paper towels; the ice machine wasn’t properly plumbed; when the restaurant opened, there was nacho cheese still in a container that had a black crust of burnt cheese around it; the facility was fermenting chamoy, which it is not approved to do; and the inspector found no food handler cards or food manager certificate. It was shut down again and another hearing was scheduled.
- Reopened: Aug. 4
Joon’s Sushi, 29910 Murrieta Hot Springs Road Suite L, Murrieta
- Closed: Aug. 2
- Grade: 80/B, failing
- Reason: No hot water. The inspector visited in response to a complaint about the water. The manager said the water heater was being repaired, but the restaurant was still operating without the ability to properly wash hands or dishes. The restaurant had been on probation from February 2020 to June 2021 after failing three inspections in just over two years, and the inspector said it will now be under review to potentially go back on probation.
- Reopened: Later that day
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 12620 Day St. Suite E, Moreno Valley
- Closed: Aug. 2
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason: Inadequate exhaust system, no valid health permit. The exhaust hood was missing a filter and was “inundated with grease,” the inspector said. The facility had also changed ownership without obtaining a new health permit.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had significant issues.
Los Tacos Lokos, at 3411 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside, was inspected Aug. 2 in response to complaints about an alleged foodborne illness and general food safety. It received a failing grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Cooked food wasn’t being cooled down fast enough, and an employee didn’t wash hands properly. Among the nine other violations, food was at unsafe temperatures in a cooler that was impounded for not keeping cold, there were moldy fries in the same cooler and the dishwasher was impounded for not working.
Casa Mendoza Mexican Grill & Bar, at 78110 Calle Estado in La Quinta, was inspected July 29 and received a failing grade of 81/B with one critical violation. The inspector saw a live cockroach on the gasket of a cooler at the cook line, but found no other live or dead roaches in the facility. The person in charge said the restaurant has weekly pest control service. Among the 12 other violations, raw shrimp wasn’t being thawed properly, food was being stored uncovered (a repeat violation) and equipment and floors needed cleaning. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection in just over a year so it now faces an administrative hearing.
Updates from past weeks
Highgrove Village Meat Market, at 1091 Center St. in Riverside, which failed a July 28 inspection with a grade of 66/C and was closed because of a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen Aug. 2. It has not yet undergone a follow-up inspection for a new grade, and a hearing to determine whether it should go on probation is still being arranged.
The restaurant at Desert Hot Springs Spa, at 10805 Palm Drive in Desert Hot Springs, which had its health permit revoked July 27 for failing an inspection while on probation, was permitted to reopen July 29 after correcting all violations and purchasing a new permit. It received a new grade of 100/A. It has been on probation since July 2021 and this was its second permit revocation since then.
Jojo’s Donuts, at 4812 Tyler St. in Riverside, which failed an inspection July 25 and was shut down for a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen Aug. 2. It received a new grade of 99/A.
Everbowl, at 32483 Temecula Parkway Suite E111 in Temecula, which failed a July 15 inspection and was closed because it was 94 degrees inside, was permitted to reopen Aug. 3 after the air conditioner was repaired. It received a new grade of 100/A.
About this list
This list is published online on Fridays. Any updates as restaurants are reopened will be included in next week’s 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.
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.