Mamita’s Mexican & Cuban Food in Downtown Las Vegas was shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District April 5 after a routine inspection found an astonishing 52 demerits.
Inspectors found spoiled and contaminated food, food that wasn’t properly cooled, food stored at improper temperatures and so much more. Even the thermometers weren’t working properly and the restaurant’s previous grade cards weren’t visible.
Most interesting, Mamita’s owners Maria and Jose Calvino have been outspoken about food trucks taking away their business on weekends. "During the week we are very slow," Maria Calvino told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "The weekend is when we make our money. Then all these vendors come in and take part of our revenue, and I don't think it is fair."
Their testimony before the Planning Commission convinced the board to widen a proposed buffer zone from any bricks and mortar restaurant from 150 feet to 1,320, which would essentially eliminate food trucks from Downtown Las Vegas. The proposal is now in the hands of the Las Vegas City Council.