In the seven years since San Bernardino County began requiring restaurants and food service businesses to post letter grades showing their latest health inspection results, Hesperia businesses that serve food have gotten dramatically cleaner, according to inspectors.


In 2005, when the Environmental Health Services Division first began requiring that businesses post the letter grades, only 58 percent of Hesperia businesses received an A rating. One restaurant received a C.


As of March 20, some 93 percent 244 out of 260 Hesperia restaurants or other businesses (or parts of businesses, like markets attached to restaurants) that serve food received an A rating with scores of 90 or above. Of those, 12 received a perfect score of 100:


Ararat Market


Depot 5 Valero at 13187 Main St.


Desert Willow RV Park


Gran Jan's Candies at 16922 Main St.


Hesperia Fastrip at 16117 Main St.


Hesperia High School student store


Joshua Inn


Marshalls


Millbrook


Mojave High School


Sultana High School student store


Taco Bell at 14071 Main St.


That's one more food service business with a perfect score than a year ago.


But the number of B-rated businesses has grown as well, from 12 in 2011 to 16 today:


Alberto's Mexican Food


C Flores Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken


El Pajaro Loco


El Torito


Hesperia Gas & Mart


Hesperia Liquor


Hesperia Quality Meats


Indian Express


Kannis Juice


Mariscos Las Islas Marias


Monica's Tacos


Tam's Burgers #28


Thai-Lotus Restaurant


TNT's Cafe


Valentino's Pizza


Yoshi Japanese Cuisine


Restaurateurs contacted for this story declined to comment on the record, but said they believed a lower letter grade does hurt profits and that they either already had or planned to appeal their ratings and request follow-up inspections.


The county generally conducts surprise inspections of all businesses twice a year, rating each restaurant on 54 categories including such things as the availability of hot and cold water and personal cleanliness of workers.


For more information on the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health's restaurant inspection ratings, see www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/dehs/. Details on what each restaurant lost points for during the inspection are available on the site.


Hesperia Star staffer Sharon Kulakowski contributed to this story.