Rodents (again), no hot water: Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County, March 12-18

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Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between March 12 and 18, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.

Dollar Tree, 13554 Main St., Hesperia

Closed: March 12

Grade: Not graded

Reason: Rodent infestation. The store had been closed for the same reason March 2, still had droppings inside March 3 and 4 even after pest control visited, then was permitted to reopen March 5 when the inspector found no more evidence of rodents. But a week later, an inspector returned in response to a complaint that someone saw three rats as well as droppings. The manager said they hadn’t seen any droppings but the inspector found some among the candy, on shelving near the fruit snacks and under the shelves holding those items. Several bags of Hershey’s Kisses were adulterated. The health department said the store needed to close for a week this time to make sure the infestation was eliminated.

Food4Less bakery, deli and meat department, 1410 W. Foothill Blvd., Rialto

Closed: March 12

Grade: Not graded (all departments received A grades in March 4 inspections)

Reason: No hot water. In a routine inspection March 4, a few sinks didn’t have hot enough water. The inspector returned March 12 to make sure they’d been fixed, but no sinks had hot water. The bakery, deli and meat department closed while the prepackaged market area remained open.

Reopened: Later that day after hot water was restored

Non-closure inspections of note

Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues.

Jax Donuts, at 306 E. Base Line in San Bernardino, was inspected March 17 and received a grade of 84/B with two critical violations. There was no sanitizer on site (an employee went out to buy bleach) and bottles of orange juice had been left out at room temperature. Among the six lesser violations, a 2×4 piece of wood was helping hold up the doughnut fryer. The inspector wrote that the operator said two of the fryer’s legs had broken, and the wood was there to help it not crumble under the weight of the oil. The inspector said to repair or replace the fryer, noting how dangerous it would be if the beam were to fail and a fryer full of boiling oil collapsed.

Thai Diamond Bar B Q, at 9581 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga, was inspected March 16 and received a grade of 86/B with one critical violation. Cooked boba was not being kept cold and rice wasn’t being kept hot enough. Among the seven lesser violations, cooked pork wasn’t being cooled down fast enough, there was a black mold-like substance in the ice machine and there were holes in the ceiling and back screen door that could let vermin in. This was the restaurant’s fifth B grade since 2017.

El Guero Mexican Grill, at 57113 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, was inspected March 9 and received a grade of 86/B with two critical violations. Containers of cooked meat weren’t being cooled down safely and there was a severely dented can of jalapenos on the shelf. Among the four lesser violations, food including raw seafood was at unsafe temperatures in a prep refrigerator that the inspector said to stop using until was fixed. The facility was also using a schawarma meat unit that wasn’t rotating automatically. The inspector returned March 15 and found the prep fridge was keeping cold. This was the restaurant’s fourth B or C grade since 2018, records show.

La Bufadora Baja Grill, at 4880 S. Motor Lane Suite D in Ontario, was inspected March 11 and received a grade of 82/B with three critical violations. Food at unsafe temperatures included raw chicken in a reach-in refrigerator, raw seafood on ice and multiple items in the walk-in cooler, which the person in charge was told to monitor and not use until it was keeping cold enough. Also, an employee didn’t wash hands, dishes were being washed without strong enough sanitizer and there was mold in the ice machine (not touching ice).

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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 To file a health complaint, go to or call 800-442-2283.

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