Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between July 16 and 22, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication.
Casa Ortega, 593 Highway 138, Pinon Hills
Closed: July 21
Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector spotted three live roaches in and under the dishwashing sink and on the floor, plus a dead roach on the floor.
Reopened: July 22. The inspector did still find one live baby roach in a hallway and several dead roaches on the floor and a bar refrigerator, as well as old rodent droppings behind the same fridge. Another follow-up was planned next week to make sure the infestation is gone.
Food area of Salvation Army Pine Summit Camp, 700 S. Wren Drive, Big Bear Lake
Closed: July 21
Reason: Overflowing sewage. Sewage wastewater was covering the kitchen floor, and the inspector wrote that the operator said a mechanic was working on the problem but that “sewage overflow is a constant issue that requires frequent repairs.” The facility was told to find another means of providing food for campers until repairs were made. There was one other critical violation, for insects being inside a bulk container of flour. Additionally, the inspector found rodent droppings under the kitchen stove and meat slicer, near the walk-in cooler and in a storage area, as well as “a heavy accumulation” underneath the storage area. The operator told the inspector that they aren’t given enough time for adequate cleaning.
The Bear House, 23420 Crest Forest Drive, Crestline
Closed: July 16
Grade: Not graded
Reason: Cockroach infestation. An inspector had visited July 13 after receiving a cockroach complaint, and found one live and several dead roaches, but said it wasn’t at the level of an active infestation. During a follow-up three days later, although pest control had just visited, the inspector found multiple cockroach eggs, plus some dead roaches under the dishwasher, and shut down the restaurant.
Reopened: July 21 after pest control visited again and all gaps in the walls and floors were sealed. No roaches were observed.
Updates from past weeks
Alfredo’s Italian Kitchen, at 251 W. Base Line in San Bernardino, which was closed July 15 because of a cockroach infestation, was given conditional permission to reopen July 16. There were still one live and two dead roaches in the dining area, but pest control was coming twice a week. The restaurant was told it could reopen as long as it cleaned areas where roaches were found, attended a review with the health department and agreed to self-close if the roach activity got worse. Another follow-up was scheduled.
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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.
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