Firefly owners John and Tabitha Simmons have decided to shutter the Henderson location for good.
"For a considerable period of time we have been reviewing our business plan and strategically deciding where to best allocate our resources," they said in a statement to the media. "After careful consideration, we have decided to permanently close the Henderson Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar location at 11261 S. Eastern Ave."
On March 31, the Southern Nevada Health District found 38 demerits at the restaurant after a routine inspection. On April 4, inspectors returned to the Firefly on Eastern and gave it an A grade with eight demerits. Three employees held responsible for the spoiled food, employees not washing their hands, food unprotected from potential contamination and other demerits were fired.
Last year, the original Firefly on Paradise Road was shuttered by SNHD after a salmonella outbreak made 294 people ill. SNHD found chorizo to be the cause of the outbreak. That location closed and moved north.
Back in May, owner John Simmons released a statement that in part said, "We've hired a food safety consultant with over 30 years of experience to double and triple check our methods and we'll operate in the mode of continuous improvement, constantly upgrading our practices with new technology, new methods, and additional training."
The Simmons say the employees of the Eastern Avenue location will be given the first opportunity to apply at the other two Firefly locations or the new Imperial Tacos & Beer that just opened last week in the former Firefly on Paradise Road.
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