Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County, June 3-10 – Press Enterprise
Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between June 3 and 10, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Chela’s Restaurant, 507 S. Mount Vernon Ave. Suite C, San Bernardino
- Closed: June 3
- Grade: 83/B
- Reason: Insufficient refrigeration. The inspector visited for a mandatory follow-up after the restaurant scored a 73/C on April 16. The restaurant had to be shut down because none of its four refrigerators — two merchandise display fridges and two cold prep tables — were able to keep cold enough. All the food inside all four units, about 145 pounds, had to be thrown away. (In April, the inspector had told the restaurant to stop storing perishable food in the display fridges, but it had not.) Among the other violations, rice wasn’t being cooled down properly, shrimp wasn’t being thawed safely and the walls and ceilings still needed cleaning.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
Alberto’s Mexican Food, at 9538 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected June 9 and received a grade of 76/C with two critical violations. Numerous containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in two refrigerators that weren’t keeping cold; staff was told not to use them until they’re repaired, and about 60 pounds of food had to be discarded. Also, an employee told the inspector that the restaurant doesn’t use sanitizer when washing dishes, as is required. The restaurant had previously received B grades on five inspections between 2016 and 2019 and it was shut down temporarily in July 2016 because of unsafe food temperatures.
Ayon Tacos Mexico, at 205 W. Base Line in San Bernardino, was inspected June 9 and received a grade of 78/C with one critical violation. Large bins of cooked and raw chicken had been left out at room temperature and some tripe cooked the night before and stacked up in a refrigerator hadn’t cooled to a safe temperature yet. Among the 13 lesser violations, the hot water had been turned off at a handwashing sink and a few bags and boxes of food were stored directly on the ground. The restaurant had previously received B grades on three of its last four inspections, records show.
The Boneyard Bar & Grill, at 560 Pine Knot Ave. in Big Bear Lake, was inspected June 8 and received a grade of 80/B with one critical violation. Eleven containers of food were at unsafe temperatures in a prep fridge that wasn’t keeping cold. Among the 12 lesser violations, clean glasses were stored rim-down on a dirty surface near the bar and there was heavy grease buildup in the exhaust hood filters.
Hong Kong Express, at 18790 Valley Blvd. Suite A in Bloomington, was inspected June 3 and received a grade of 80/B. There was one critical violation for unclean food-contact surfaces: The sanitizer had run out that morning; the restaurant was told to stop preparing or serving food until it could obtain sanitizer, but the inspector didn’t mark this as a closure. Also, there was mold in the ice machine. Among the 12 lesser violations, there were three dead roaches in a cabinet under the soda machine, and kitchen equipment and shelving needed cleaning. A follow-up was planned in a week to make sure there was not a roach infestation. This was the restaurant’s second B grade in less than a year.
Updates from past weeks
The Dollar Tree at 13554 Main St. in Hesperia, whose permit to sell food and beverages has been suspended since April 13 because of a rodent infestation (and was suspended three other times in March for the same reason), remains suspended, although the store can still sell nonfood items. Health inspectors have visited several times since April, most recently on June 9. The inspector said the store’s food and beverage area was blocked from customer access, but listed about 50 packages of snacks that had been gnawed open. Packaging and shelves were also covered in numerous rodent droppings and urine.
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.