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 March 3 and 10, 2022. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.

Ocean Pho, 4069 Chicago Ave. Suite 100, Riverside

  • Closed: March 3
  • Grade: 75 / C, failing
  • Reason: Rodent infestation. The inspector saw droppings on dishes, shelving and boxes in a storage area, on top of the dishwasher and on its drainboard, and on the floor in several areas. Some food packages were also gnawed on. There was one unrelated critical violation, for seafood and cooked noodles being at unsafe temperatures. This was the restaurant’s fourth failed inspection since December 2019 and it was closed once before, in December 2020, for having a cockroach infestation. Because of the repeated issues, it now faces a permit suspension / revocation hearing.

Non-closure inspections of note

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

Little Tokyo Ramen & Sushi, at 30043 Haun Road in Menifee, was inspected March 9 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a failing grade of 85 / B with one critical violation. Some prepackaged ramen that needed to be kept refrigerated had been left at room temperature. Among the eight other violations, the restaurant wasn’t keeping track of how long sushi rice and shrimp tempura were left at room temperature (a repeated issue), food had been left uncovered in the refrigerator and several areas needed cleaning.

The Plaza Restaurant, at 91280 2nd St. in Mecca, was inspected March 7 and received a failing grade of 84 / B with one critical violation. Food including tacos, bacon and cooked vegetables were at unsafe temperatures. Among the nine other violations, a cooler at the cook line was impounded for not keeping cold and there was black mold in the ice machine.

The Cantina, at 50950 Madison St. in Indio, was inspected March 4 and received a failing grade of 80 / B with two critical violations. Some raw steaks and uncooked hot dogs were at unsafe temperatures. Also, the dishwasher wasn’t dispensing sanitizer and needed repair, and the restaurant was told to stop storing oven racks directly on the floor. Among the nine other violations, there were rodent droppings near the water heater and some flies in the kitchen, a cooler wasn’t keeping cold and needed repair, the cook line sink didn’t have soap, there was mold in the ice machine and cooking equipment needed cleaning.

Harry’s Cafe, at 748 W. Ramona Expressway in Perris, was inspected March 3 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a failing grade of 80 / B with two critical violations. Multiple employees washed hands without soap and with cold water. Also, several items of food were at unsafe temperatures, including cooked chicken and breading used to coat fried chicken. Both of these were repeat violations, leading the inspector to issue citations and warn of further action if they happen again. Among the 10 other violations, the soap dispenser in the food-prep area was empty and utensils had been put away with residue still on them. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection since 2019 and it now faces an administrative hearing.

Updates from past weeks

Kam Lun Chinese Food, at 66610 8th St. in Desert Hot Springs, which had its health permit revoked March 2 for failing an inspection while on probation, was permitted to reopen March 8. It purchased a new permit, received pest-control service and passed an inspection with a grade of 97 / A . It has been on probation since August after failing three inspections and being shut down twice for rodent infestations in a two-year span.

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.

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