HENDERSON (KSNV MyNews3.com) — The owners of Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar, which received a “C” grade from the Southern Nevada Health District in a surprise inspection at its Eastern Avenue facility, said today that it has closed that location.
The restaurant received 38 demerits, which downgraded the restaurant's "A" rating to a "C" after a surprise visit on March 31.
The Southern Nevada Health District cited improper hand washing, spoiled food, and possible cross contamination in its report.
Last year, the Firefly location on Paradise Road was shut down by the Health District because of a salmonella outbreak that sickened 294 people. The investigation concluded that tainted chorizo was the cause of the outbreak.
A statement was emailed this morning from owners John and Tabitha Simmons:
"For a considerable period of time we have been reviewing our business plan and strategically deciding where to best allocate our resources. After careful consideration, we have decided to permanently close the Henderson Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar location at 11261 S. Eastern Ave.
"We based our decision on changing demands and market competition at the locations where our restaurants are located. Although a difficult one, this decision will enable us to sharpen our focus on our two highest performing Firefly locations, while at the same time allowing us to refine our newest restaurant concept, Tacos & Beer, to be located at 3900 Paradise Road.
"The closure of the Henderson location is a disappointment for all of us at Firefly because our employees are like an extended family to us. To that end, we are making a strong effort to re-hire Henderson employees at our other locations and we hope we will be able to effectively absorb as many employees at our two other Firefly locations and our new Tacos & Beer.
"Going forward, for those Henderson employees that we will be unable to absorb, we are imposing a hiring policy that provides preferential consideration to former Henderson employees before we hire other new employees at our restaurants.
"Our commitment to our customers remains the same today as it has been for the past 10 years -- we are singularly focused on the success of all of our restaurants, and will continue to deliver popular dishes and drinks to our loyal customers."