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Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar [Photo: Chelsea McManus]
Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar found itself shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District on April 26 after 89 people fell ill with salmonella poisoning. Now the restaurant is the talk of the town with chefs discussing the conditions in the restaurant, how food was stored at a warm 50-plus degrees in the walk-in coolers and staff was openly touching food bare handed. If and when the restaurant reopens, it needs approval from SNHD. But the real questions is will you return?
Chef and owner John Simmons released a statement last night via Facebook. "It's been more than a week since our Paradise location has closed - we first want to let everyone know that we continue to work very closely with the Health District to determine the cause this highly unusual outbreak and give our sincere best wishes to anyone affected. Of course we are also working individually with affected parties. However, we also want to give our profound thanks to our supporters who continue to patronize our unaffected locations in Green Valley and Summerlin. Our three hundred employees and their families especially thank you for keeping them working and pouring your favorite sangria. Many of you know that Firefly is a family owned business and we consider our customers to be our extended family. We sincerely appreciate your continued support."
The restaurant already had plans to move north into the former Mr. B's Bar & Grill space on Paradise Road this summer.