Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas racked up 40 demerits during an inspection on March 1 by the Southern Nevada Health District, just one point away from being shut down by health inspectors.
Violations included no hand washing, improper temperatures for stored food and food unprotected from contamination during storage and prep and by employees.
Even the prep kitchen, in a separate inspection, landed 26 demerits and a C grade. UPDATE: The prep kitchen was re-inspected March 12 and ended up with an A grade.
Milos was named one of the top 10 restaurants in Las Vegas by food critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini in their book Eating Las Vegas.
Interestingly, most restaurants within a resort undergo an immediate re-inspection when SNHD finds violations to improve their grade to an A. Milos has not as of March 13. A previous inspection on March 28, 2011, found only two demerits and an A grade.
If an establishment receives more than 40 demerits, it is closed immediately.
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