Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between March 3 and 10, 2022. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
BBQ Chicken, 12732 Foothill Blvd. Suite 103, Rancho Cucamonga
- Closed: March 7
- Grade: Not graded
- Reason: Operating without a valid health permit. The restaurant had moved to a new location from its old site in the same shopping center. The operator had been told a year ago that it needed to submit a change-of-address form before moving because permits are not transferrable, but it failed to do so. When an inspector returned two days later, the facility was still closed but the health department’s notice of closure sign had been removed from the front door. The inspector posted another one.
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, 2970 Lenwood Road, Barstow
- Closed: March 4
- Grade: 92/A
- Reason: Sewage overflow. When the dishwashing sink was drained, the nearby floor sink overflowed.
The Pho, 21520 Bear Valley Road Suite E, Apple Valley
- Closed: March 3
- Grade: 80/B on March 2
- Reason: Cockroach infestation. An inspector visited March 2 in response to a complaint that someone saw a roach. The inspector saw one live roach and three dead roaches, but no signs that food or food-contact surfaces were affected. Invoices showed pest control had treated the facility for roaches during each of the last four monthly services. When the inspector came back March 3, the roaches seen the day before were gone and holes in the walls had been sealed, but there were some additional dead roaches on the floor, so the restaurant was closed. Two more live roaches were spotted in a March 4 follow-up, and numerous roaches were present on March 8, so the closure was not lifted.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
Birrieria Xolos, at 105 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, was inspected March 9 and received a grade of 85/B with one critical violation. Cooked beans weren’t being cooled to a safe temperature fast enough. Among the six other violations, the inspector saw about 15 old rodent droppings in a basement storage area (but said there were no signs of an active infestation), there was mold in the ice machine (not touching ice), open cans of tomato sauce were on the floor and a box of lard was being used as a doorstop. A follow-up was planned to make sure there was no rodent problem. This was the restaurant’s second B grade in less than two years and it was temporarily closed in December 2020 because of a rodent infestation.
Rodrigo’s Mexican Grill, at 8950 Central Ave. in Montclair, which received an 86/B on Jan. 20, was visited March 9 in response to a complaint that its B grade card couldn’t easily be seen, and because the restaurant had requested a rescore inspection. This time, it received an 85/B. Among the 12 violations, none of which was considered critical, a few items of food were at unsafe temperatures, some cooked soup and beans weren’t being cooled down fast enough and there was mold in the ice machine (not touching ice). The manager said the grade card from January had been moved from the wall to a shelf where it was half-hidden by a plant because the frame it was in had broken. They were told not to move the new one.
Paradise Buffet, at 9059 Central Ave. in Montclair, was inspected March 8 in response to a complaint about roaches and foodborne illness. The inspector didn’t see any roaches, but did find eight violations, two of which were critical. Multiple items of food were at unsafe temperatures, including chicken nuggets, fried fish, imitation crab, boiled eggs, bean sprouts and about 10 pounds of raw ground beef. Also, some cans of green beans and black olives were dented. This was the restaurant’s second consecutive B grade and fourth since 2017, records show.
Heroes Restaurant & Brewhouse, at 950 N. Ontario Mills Drive in Ontario, was inspected March 2 and received a grade of 80/B with three critical violations. One employee didn’t wash hands after touching raw salmon and another wiped their hands with a dirty cloth. Bacon had been left at room temperature for more than an hour and items in two refrigerated drawers weren’t being kept cold enough. Also, there was pink and brown slime in the chute of the ice machine, with condensation dripping over it into the ice, and an employee refilled the bar sink with ice from that machine before it had been cleaned. Among the seven other violations, there was a dead roach in a chemical storage area, and two cans had dents on the seam. When the inspector returned the next day, the ice machine had been cleaned and the dead roach had been removed.
Nu Happy Kitchen, at 3233 Grand Ave. Suite J in Chino Hills, was inspected March 2 and received a grade of 83/B with two critical violations. Some shrimp and cooked noodles weren’t at safe temperatures. Also, there was yellow debris in an ice machine (not touching ice) and an employee didn’t wash a spoon properly. Among the eight other violations, the inspector saw about a dozen dry rodent droppings under a pallet and the water heater, a clean cooking sheet was stored on top of a trash bin, frying pans were stored on the floor and the refrigerators needed cleaning. A follow-up was planned to ensure there wasn’t a rodent infestation.
The Arco am/pm at 10087 Sierra Ave. in Fontana was inspected March 2 and received a grade of 88/B with one critical violation. A reach-in refrigerator in the customer area was 59 degrees inside (41 or below is required) and about 90 items, such as sandwiches and cheese snacks, had to be thrown away. Among the four other violations, three sinks didn’t have hot enough water and the sewage drain in the employee restroom was “clogged and gurgling with standing water,” but sewage was not overflowing. An employee said the drain had been clogged for a week. The inspector returned March 4 and found the refrigerator was keeping cold, all sinks had hot water and there was no standing water in the restroom drain.
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.