Here she is, the new Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar on Paradise Road. The restaurant picked up and moved into new space after the original was shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District after 294 people reported illnesses that later turned out to be salmonella from cooked chorizo.
Things haven't been easy for owners John and Tabitha Simmons since that fateful night. The location on Sahara Avenue reduced hours and the couple has tried to win back customers by revealing new food safety initiatives on their Facebook page.
Just last week, they wrote: "We really appreciate all of the interaction and comments on our Facebook page - even when the comments are not so complimentary. We understand we may never earn back the trust of all of our customers and that is something we have come to accept. We do want you ALL to know that we will never forget what happened at Firefly* on Paradise. We never intended to hurt anyone. And we promise, we learned a valuable lesson. We are fighting now, for our customers, for our employees, and for the little business we love. So, to those of you that will never forgive, we understand and to those of you who will or have given us a second chance....we are grateful and we will continue to show it."
The newest location takes over the former Mr. B's Bar & Grill space steps away from the old Firefly location. Don't think this was a quick changeover; the Simmons revealed their plans to move the restaurant last September. Inside find an 11,636-square-foot restaurant with a capacity for 538. The larger space gives them a 2,100-square-foot patio with room for 80. Inside, the bar designed by APTUS Design brings 32 bar stools surrounded by 7,750 square feet of indoor space. Firefly also has banquet rooms that can hold around 150 people. Take a look inside.[Photos: Chelsea McManus]
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