Report type: Temporary Closure - related to food safety
Date Closed: 11/13/2019
Failing an inspection while on probation, cockroach infestation, no hot water. The inspector saw roaches “too numerous to count” throughout the restaurant, including at the food-prep lines. There was no hot water initially, although the water warmed up enough after faucets were run continuously for 25 minutes. There were two other critical violations, for food not being held at safe temperatures (a salad bar cooler was impounded) and food-contact surfaces being encrusted with debris (including pizza trays that the person in charge said are never washed, just occasionally run through the pizza oven). Among the 16 lesser violations, most of which were repeat problems, no one had a food safety manager certificate (this resulted in a citation), employees didn’t wash hands, floor sinks were clogged, there were no lids for the cold-top coolers and the restaurant was in need of a thorough cleaning. The grade of 65 ties for the third-lowest at any restaurant in Riverside County in the past five years, records show. This was the restaurant’s third failed inspection this year and it was placed on probation in September. To reopen, it would have to correct all violations and purchase a new health permit.