Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Aug. 5 and 11, 2022.
Arby’s, 670 S. E St., San Bernardino
- Closed: Aug. 10
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason: Sewage overflow. The inspector visited in response to a complaint that sewage water was backing up in the kitchen and dining room. The manager said the backup had started in the restroom and a plumber had already repaired it. The restaurant was still operating, so the inspector shut it down until the affected areas could be cleaned and sanitized.
- Reopened: Later that day
Organic Fusion Teahouse, 20162 Highway 18 Unit I, Apple Valley
- Closed: Aug. 9
- Grade: 82/B
- Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw about eight live roaches in several areas, including on a shelf above a dishwashing sink. There were two other critical violations: Food was at unsafe temperatures in a cooler that needed repair, and blenders weren’t being sanitized sufficiently. This was the restaurant’s third B grade since 2021.
- Reopened: Aug. 10. The inspector first came and found that the restaurant had reopened without permission, and shut it down again. It was permitted to reopen several hours later after a reinspection that found no evidence of roaches.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
Hotties Nashville Hot Chicken, at 13865 City Center Drive Unit 3080 in Chino Hills, was inspected Aug. 10 and received a grade of 81/B with two critical violations. Multiple packages and cartons of buttermilk, cheese, eggs and fries were at unsafe temperatures and had to be discarded, and the inspector said two refrigerators were not keeping cold. Also, employees were putting on gloves without washing their hands first. Among the eight other violations, there was black buildup in the ice machine, there was brown buildup and a hair on the lemonade rack, and all cooking equipment, refrigerators, the floors and the ceiling needed cleaning.
Mega Tom’s Burgers, at 1701 E. Main St. in Barstow, was visited Aug. 10 in response to a complaint that someone couldn’t find the restaurant’s grade card, there was trash on the counter and an employee didn’t wash hands. The restaurant’s most recent score was an 81/B in December, and this was the second time since then that the restaurant was found to have moved its grade card to a place where the public couldn’t see it; the first time was during another complaint investigation in June. During this week’s visit, the inspector also saw an employee not washing hands.
Mariscos del Pacifico, at 17500 E. Foothill Blvd. Suite A6A in Fontana, received a follow-up visit Aug. 9 to check whether two refrigerators that weren’t keeping cold during an inspection Aug. 3 (resulting in a grade of 76/C) had been fixed. The manager said they’d been repaired but still weren’t working because of missing parts. Nonetheless, the inspector found food stored in both. One of the units was not keeping cold, and while relocating the food inside, the inspector found two more refrigerators that weren’t working properly.
The Flame Broiler at 1599 Redlands Blvd. in Redlands was not displaying its B grade card as required when an inspector visited Aug. 9. This was the second time since the restaurant received an 85/B on June 13 that its grade card was found to have gone missing. The inspector was visiting to verify that the restaurant had eliminated the dead cockroaches seen during the June 13 inspection and a June 8 investigation into a complaint that someone found a dead roach in their food bowl. This time, the inspector again found several dead roaches, but no adulterated food, and planned another follow-up in a few days.
Sumo Sushi, at 1520 N. Mountain Ave. Building D in Ontario, was inspected Aug. 8 in response to a foodborne illness complaint. It received a grade of 78/C with two critical violations. Seafood was at unsafe temperatures in two refrigerators, and an employee washed hands without soap or paper towels. Among the nine other violations, the restaurant wasn’t keeping track of how long sushi rice had been at room temperature, there was black debris buildup in the ice machine, fryers and prep food shelves were excessively dirty, and the walls and floors also needed cleaning.
G & M Oil Chevron #76, at 4095 N. University Parkway in San Bernardino, was inspected Aug. 5 and received a grade of 85/B with one critical violation. Some food was at unsafe temperatures in an open display cooler that wasn’t keeping consistently cold. Among the six other violations, there were some old rodent droppings in and on an electrical panel. The inspector went back Aug. 9 and found the cooler to be working. There were still some droppings in the electric box but the person in charge said they’d be cleaned immediately.
The Cotija’s Taco Shop at 1089 E. Washington St. in Colton was inspected Aug. 4 in response to a complaint about the fish tacos. The inspector didn’t find any problems with the fish, but the restaurant received a grade of 80/B with three critical violations. Employees didn’t wash hands when they should have on three occasions. A few food items were at unsafe temperatures in two refrigerators, including a beverage cooler that was known to be in need of repair. And there was pink slime in the ice machine, contaminating ice. Among the seven other violations, carne asada had been left at room temperature for two hours. This was the restaurant’s fourth B grade since 2019 and it was temporarily shut down in 2021 because of a cockroach infestation. On Aug. 10, another inspector visited the restaurant because of a foodborne illness complaint from someone who said they ate items with carne asada and chicken, but the inspector found no food safety violations.
El Paraiso Salvadoreno, at 974 W. Kendall Ave. Suite 7-8 in San Bernardino, was inspected Aug. 4 and received a grade of 80/B with two critical violations. Multiple containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in the walk-in refrigerator, as were some items that had been left out at room temperature. Also, some cheese in the walk-in fridge was moldy. Among the seven other violations, cooked chicken wasn’t being cooled down fast enough and there was pink mold in the ice machine (not touching ice). An inspector returned Aug. 10 and found that the walk-in refrigerator was keeping cold. The initial inspection was the restaurant’s third B grade since 2020, and it was temporarily shut down in 2020 and 2019 because of cockroach infestations.
Mimi 5 Bobee, at 9799 Base Line Suite A in Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected Aug. 4 and received a grade of 80/B with three critical violations. Several containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in the walk-in refrigerator, which wasn’t keeping cold enough, while other items had been left at room temperature on the counter. There were two issues with food-contact surfaces not being clean — the dishwasher wasn’t dispensing enough sanitizer and there was black and brown mold in the ice machine. And an employee didn’t wash hands. Among the six other violations, there was a black mold-like substance on the walls and a heavy accumulation of food debris on the shelves in the walk-in fridge.
Panda Chinese Restaurant, at 56091 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, received a mandatory rescore inspection Aug. 4, after receiving a 69/C on June 30 and being temporarily shut down because of the low score and a cockroach infestation. This time, it got an 81/B with 16 violations. There were two dead roaches on the restroom floor, the restaurant was using an unapproved pesticide, there was mold in the ice machine (not touching ice), raw meat wasn’t being thawed properly and surfaces throughout the facility were very dirty. This was the restaurant’s third B or C grade since 2021.
Updates from past weeks
The 7-Eleven at 41440 Big Bear Blvd. Suite A in Big Bear Lake, which had to stop selling prepared food on Aug. 3 because it didn’t have hot water, had its health permit fully reinstated Aug. 10 after the water heater was replaced.
La Estrella Bakery, at 1734 E. Highland Ave. in San Bernardino, which was closed Aug. 2 because of a sewage backup, was permitted to reopen Aug. 9.
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.