Roaches, more roaches, no hot water: Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County …

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Oct. 2 and 8, 2020. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.

Antojitos, 2834 W. Rialto Ave., Rialto

  • Closure date: Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Grade: 72/C
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector found eight live roaches around sinks and the food-prep table. There were two other critical violations — food was not being kept at safe temperatures and an employee didn’t wash a pan correctly before reusing it — and 12 lesser violations, and it had no COVID-19 site-protection plan. Additionally, the restaurant was operating without a valid health permit after a transfer of ownership. It was given 72 hours to get a permit or face closure for that reason as well. Health officials couldn’t say Friday if the facility was still operating as Antojitos or had changed its name.

Denny’s Restaurant, 14240 Highway 395, Adelanto

  • Closure date: Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • Grade: 90/A
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector found live and dead roaches as well as roach eggs under the food-prep sink, and more dead roaches in a floor sink and under the handwashing station.
  • Reopening date: Oct. 7 after pest-control visited twice and affected areas were cleaned

Just Grill It Teriyaki House, 1640 E. Main St., Barstow

  • Closure date: Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • Grade: 90/A
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector found live and dead roaches throughout the restaurant, including on shelving containing clean utensils, and about seven egg casings under the ice machine.

7-Eleven, 5301 Holt Ave., Montclair (partial closure)

  • Closure date: Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • Grade: 84/B
  • Reason for partial closure: No hot water. The store was still permitted to sell prepackaged food.
  • Reopening date: Later that day after the water heater was turned back on

Cafe at Barnes & Noble, 5183 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair (in Montclair Place)

  • Closure date: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Grade: 87/B
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector visited in response to a complaint and found multiple live and dead roaches, including in the beverage preparation area, behind the pastry cooler and in a cabinet. Among the other violations, there was some mold on the ice machine deflector plate, not touching the ice.
  • Reopening date: Oct. 5 after an exterminator visited and affected areas were cleaned

AV Donuts, 21660 Bear Valley Road Suite F1, Apple Valley

  • Closure date: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Grade: 95/A
  • Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw six live and dead roaches near the mop sink.
  • Reopening date: Oct. 2 after a visit from pest control

Non-closure inspections of note

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

La Carreta De Don Jose, at 12150 Ramona Ave. Suite 10 in Chino, was inspected Thursday, Oct. 8 and received a grade of 82/B with two critical violations. Multiple containers of food were at unsafe temperatures, including some in a refrigerator that wasn’t keeping cold and had a faulty thermometer. Also, the cold water had been turned off to a leaky handwashing sink. Among the lesser violations, the cook didn’t know the proper cooking temperature for chicken, the handwashing sink didn’t have soap, some cooked beef left on a counter was at unsafe temperatures and was being blown on by a fan covered in lint, the ice machine had black mold buildup inside (but not touching ice) and a self-service salsa bar was set up in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

Hello Sushi Japanese Restaurant, at 1630 W. Redlands Blvd. Suite G in Redlands, was inspected Wednesday, Oct. 7 and received a grade of 80/B with two critical violations. A worker didn’t wash hands, and rice cooked the day before wasn’t reheated safely. Among the lesser violations, there was standing water in a floor sink, the dishwasher wasn’t dispensing sanitizer and the kitchen was dirty. This was the restaurant’s second B grade in the past year.

Just Bargain, at 1250 E. Washington St. in Colton, was visited Wednesday, Oct. 7 in response to a complaint that it was selling long-expired food. This was the 20th complaint inspectors have investigated at the store in the past five years, many for the same issue, records show. The person in charge said the store does sell food that’s past its best-by date but routinely checks for bulging cans and spoiled food. However, the inspector found about 30 moldy tomatoes and many cans with severe denting or bulging, a sign that the food inside has spoiled and may be poisonous to eat. Additionally, the store was operating outside the scope of its permit by selling bulk foods, which it was ordered to stop, and selling unlabeled food, which it was made to discard.

The cafe at the Barnes & Noble at 3625 Grand Ave. in Chino Hills was inspected Tuesday, Oct. 6 and received a grade of 81/B with two critical violations. Dozens of food items were not being kept cold enough in a refrigerator and display case, and pink slime and black mold had built up in an ice machine, with condensation dripping over it into the ice.

Sake 2 Me, at 5660 Holt Blvd. in Montclair, was inspected Tuesday, Oct. 6 and received a grade of 82/B with one critical violation. Some shrimp and tofu had been left out at room temperature, and crab and shrimp were at unsafe temperatures in a cold-holding table that wasn’t working. Among the lesser violations, there was black mold in the ice machine (not touching ice), flies in the kitchen and “severe food debris and grease buildup throughout the kitchen.” This was the restaurant’s third B or C grade in the past three years and it was closed for two days in June 2018 for having an opossum infestation as well as snails and worms.

The Del Taco at 2535 S. Euclid Ave Suite 1191 in Ontario was visited Monday, Oct. 5 to check whether some violations had been fixed from a Sept. 23 inspection that resulted in a score of 84/B. The B grade card from that inspection had been moved from the front door to the front counter, where drive-thru customers would not be able to see it.

Thai Bowl Cafe, at 25069 Redlands Blvd. Suite A in Loma Linda, received a follow-up visit Friday, Oct. 2 to make sure rodent droppings discovered during an August inspection — which were still there during a September follow-up — had been cleaned up. The old droppings were gone but the inspector found close to 90 fresh droppings in multiple locations including in the customer area, under the dishwasher and in storage areas, as well as some holes in the walls. When the inspector returned the next day, the restaurant had self-closed and called pest control, but the holes still needed to be fixed and a few droppings hadn’t been cleaned up. Another follow-up was planned.

Round Table Pizza, at 11617 Cherry Ave. in Fontana, was inspected Friday, Oct. 2 and received a grade of 81/B with two critical violations. An employee didn’t wash hands properly and some food was being kept at unsafe temperatures. Among the lesser violation, there was a dead roach in a cabinet and the ice machine had mold inside and ice was contaminated. This was the restaurant’s second B grade in less than a year.

Mega Tom’s Burgers, at 20781 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley, was inspected Friday, Oct. 2 and received a grade of 83/B with two critical violations. Numerous items including raw meat were at unsafe temperatures in a refrigerator that wasn’t keeping cold, and the dishwasher wasn’t dispensing sanitizer. Among the lesser violations, frozen hot dogs and corn dogs were stored directly on refrigerator shelving, and dishes with food debris had been put away as if clean.

El Montecito Mexican American Restaurant, at 11720 Bartlett Ave. Suite D in Adelanto, was inspected Friday, Oct. 2 and received a grade of 83/B with one critical violation. Some tomatillos were moldy and one had a bug on it. Among the lesser violations, some eggs and raw beef weren’t cold enough, the ice machine chute had “dark residue” and there were six dead roaches in a storage area (but no signs of an active infestation, the inspector wrote). This was the restaurant’s second consecutive B grade.

Manila Sunset Grille, at 11815 Foothill Blvd. Suite B in Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected Thursday, Oct. 1 and received a grade of 81/B with two critical violations. An employee didn’t wash hands and some cooked soup wasn’t being cooled down safely. Among the lesser violations, there was some mold buildup in the ice machine. This was the restaurant’s second consecutive B grade.

Updates from past weeks

The cafe at the Barnes & Noble at 14400 Bear Valley Road Suite 107 in Victorville, which was closed Sept. 10 because of a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen Oct. 2 after multiple visits from pest control.

The Quick Shop 66 at 15028 7th St. Suite 1 in Victorville, which was closed Sept. 25 because of a cockroach infestation, has not been listed as fully reopened, though it is permitted to sell prepackaged food. An inspector went back Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 and found multiple live roaches both times. The operator said they had been providing their own pest control, but a professional was scheduled to visit.

Mitsuru Ramen Sushi, at 9047 Central Ave. in Montclair, which was closed Sept. 30 because of a cockroach infestation, has not been listed as reopened.

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 one to three points for minor violations. An A grade (90 to 100 points) is considered “generally superior,” a B grade (80 to 89) is “generally acceptable” and a C grade (70 to 79) is “generally unacceptable” and requires a follow-up inspection. A facility will be temporarily closed if it scores below 70 or has a critical violation that can’t be corrected immediately.

For more information on inspections of these or any restaurants in San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/FacilityList/food. To file a health complaint, go to www.sbcounty.gov/dph/ehsportal/StaticComplaint or call 800-442-2283.

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