Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between July 29 and Aug. 4, 2022. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
7-Eleven, 41440 Big Bear Blvd. Suite A, Big Bear Lake (partial closure)
Closed: Aug. 3
Grade: Not graded (most recent was 91/A in October)
Reason: No hot water. The inspector didn’t find any violations related to the complaint about hot foods that prompted the inspection, but did discover there was no hot water. The store was told to stop food preparation but could keep selling prepackaged items.
La Estrella Bakery, 1734 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino
Closed: Aug. 2
Grade: Not graded (most recent was 86/B in January 2021)
Reason: Sewage backup. The inspector came to conduct a routine inspection but stopped it immediately upon seeing the sewage system was backed up, with standing water in all the floor drains and wet floors in the kitchen and restroom.
Non-closure inspections of note
Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.
Mariscos del Pacifico, at 17500 E. Foothill Blvd. Suite A6A in Fontana, was inspected Aug. 3 in response to a complaint from someone who said they got sick after eating undercooked shrimp. The restaurant received a grade of 76/C with three critical violations. Multiple containers of food were at unsafe temperatures, including items in two refrigerators that were not keeping cold — and that staff knew were in need of maintenance. Three employees didn’t wash hands, including one who handled raw shrimp followed by tortillas and cheese. And the restaurant was selling bread that someone had made at home. Among the nine other violations, the chef didn’t know proper cooking or holding temperatures, a cellphone was on the food-prep table and there was a bug zapper above the dough mixer.
Honey Donut, at 4122 Philadelphia St. Suite C in Chino, was inspected Aug. 2 and received a grade of 82/B with two critical violations. Food was at unsafe temperatures in the sandwich and cheesecake refrigerators, which were not keeping cold. Also, there were flies landing on doughnuts. Among the seven other violations, there were a dead bee and a dead fly in the doughnut display case, two dead flies on the restroom floor and five dead cockroaches on the kitchen floor, and the inspector noted that the front door was propped open and there were several holes and gaps in a wall and the ceilings.
Yoshiharu Ramen, at 4004 Grand Ave. Unit C in Chino, was inspected Aug. 2 and received a grade of 83/B. There were two critical violations, both related to food at unsafe temperatures. Some refrigerated food wasn’t cold enough or hadn’t cooled down fast enough after being cooked, other items had been left at room temperature, and pork belly wasn’t hot enough in a warmer that needed to be turned up. Among the six other violations, a knife and the sushi table weren’t cleaned properly and the floors were very dirty. This was the restaurant’s third B grade since 2020.
Village Ranch Market, at 15091 Merrill Ave. in Fontana, received another follow-up visit Aug. 2 after an inspector found rodent droppings and dead roaches, among other issues, during a routine inspection on July 19 and again during a follow-up on July 26. This time, the inspector found old droppings on a shelf containing to-go boxes and a dead cockroach on the floor in the produce department. Another reinspection was planned.
National Buffet, at 16920 Slover Ave. in Fontana, was inspected July 29 and received a grade of 77/C with two critical violations. The walk-in cooler and three other refrigerators were not keeping cold, and the food on the buffet line had ingredients that hadn’t been at safe temperatures. Hundreds of pounds of food had to be thrown away. The health department did not shut the restaurant down — there was still some functional refrigerator space — but the inspector said it self-closed. Among the 11 other violations, cooks didn’t know proper cooking or holding temperatures, how to calibrate a thermometer or how to manually wash dishes; there was black mold and yellow slime in the ice machine (not touching ice); mussels weren’t being thawed safely; and the restroom sinks didn’t have hot water. This was the buffet’s sixth B or C grade in the past five years; it was shut down earlier this year for having a cockroach infestation and in 2019 for not having hot water.
The Alberto’s Mexican Food in a Chevron station at 14455 Valley Blvd. in Fontana was inspected July 28 and received a grade of 76/C with 10 violations, four of which were critical. Sliced tomatoes were at an unsafe temperature. One employee didn’t wash hands and another with artificial nails wasn’t wearing gloves. The lack of handwashing caused some food to be contaminated. And dishes weren’t being washed properly. About 50 pounds of food had to be thrown away. The adjoining convenience store was also inspected and received a 93/A.
Brian’s Super Burgers, at 25688 Base Line in San Bernardino, was inspected July 28 and received a grade of 78/C with one critical violation. Cooked meat and beans were not being kept hot enough. Among the 14 other violations, there was one live cockroach in a storage area, food was stored uncovered, the inspector found multiple surfaces that were “excessively dirty,” frozen fish wasn’t being thawed properly, one urinal wouldn’t flush and there were several leaks from equipment and plumbing. A follow-up was planned to make sure the restaurant was roach-free. The restaurant had previously received B grades on four of its five inspections since 2017.
Updates from past weeks
The deli/kitchen area of the Cardenas Markets at 15555 E. Main St. Suite D4 in Hesperia, which was closed July 28 because of a cockroach infestation, was permitted to reopen July 29 after pest control visited.
The food areas of AMC Theatres Ontario Mills 30, at 4549 Mills Circle in Ontario, which were closed July 27 because of a rodent infestation, were permitted to reopen July 28 after pest control visited. Another follow-up inspection was planned.
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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.