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 April 1 and 7, 2022.
Blue Coyote Grill445 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
- Closed: April 7
- Grade: 72/C, failing
- Reason: Excessive flies. The inspector, visiting in response to a foodborne illness complaint, saw flies landing on and crawling in washed lettuce in the food-prep sink, a container of tortilla chips, clean plates, cutting boards and below the bar counter and sinks. There were also four dead cockroaches in a cabinet and two more in the bar area. There were two other critical violations: Food was at unsafe temperatures in a refrigerator that was impounded for not keeping cold, and cooked food wasn’t being cooled down fast enough. Those led to well over 100 pounds of food being discarded. Among the 12 additional violations, there was biofilm in an ice machine, the person washing dishes didn’t know manual dishwashing procedures and the facility needed cleaning.
- Reopened: April 8
jack in the box2291 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto
- Closed: April 6
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason: No hot water
- Reopened: later that day
The Baja Shrimpfood truck based at 4664 Vine St., Riverside
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had significant issues.
The Mazorca Tortilleria, at 13628 Magnolia Ave. in Corona, was inspected April 6 and received a failing grade of 80/B with one critical violation. Cheese, eggs, salsa and a sliced tomato were at unsafe temperatures in a refrigerator that was impounded for not keeping cold, and some cooked tamales had been left at room temperature. Among the 14 other violations, there were dry rodent droppings on the floor under the produce cooler (but the inspector saw no signs of an active infestation) and the facility needed cleaning. This was the restaurant’s second failed inspection since 2020.
Meng’s Filipino Cuisine, at 34091 Date Palm Drive Suite B in Cathedral City, was inspected March 30 and received a failing grade of 81/B with one critical violation. Meat skewers that had been left in the handwashing sink and a tilapia that had been put in a bowl of hot water to defrost that morning and left underneath the dishwashing sink were at unsafe temperatures. Among the 11 other violations, dishes weren’t being washed or sanitized properly, a fly swatter with a dead fly stuck on it was hanging next to clean dishes, food was being stored uncovered or in unapproved plastic bags, and the floors needed cleaning. The restaurant passed a mandatory follow-up April 6 with a score of 95/A.
Updates from past weeks
The Chiva Rayada, at 5572 Mission Blvd. in Jurupa Valley, which failed a March 28 inspection with a grade of 85/B and was closed because of a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen March 31. It corrected all violations and received a new grade of 100/A.
Taqueria Guerrero, at 81576 Highway 111 in Indio, which failed a March 28 inspection with a grade of 82/B and was closed because of a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen April 1. It passed its follow-up inspection with a 97/A. The inspector did see one live roach and said to continue pest control every two weeks until all activity ceases.
Surfin’ Chickenat 6250 Valley Springs Parkway in Riverside, which was closed March 28 for the second time in two months for not having hot water, was permitted to reopen April 4.
China King Restaurantat 295 N. Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, which failed a March 18 inspection with a grade of 68/C and was shut down for having a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen April 1. It passed a new inspection with a 94 /HAS.
Tea IHOP at 471 S. Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, which failed a Feb. 24 inspection with an 80/B and was shut down for having a rodent infestation, was permitted to reopen April 7.
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 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 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.