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The Health Department Shuts Down Three Las Vegas Restaurants

Two were shut down for imminent health hazards

Bradley Martin

The Southern Nevada Health District shut down three restaurants after routine inspections.

First up, E-Jo Korean Restaurant at 700 E. Sahara Ave. was shut down after a routine inspection on July 18. SNHD inspectors discovered a pest infestation, an imminent health hazard, shut the restaurant down. Inspectors found employees not properly washing their hands, potentially hazardous food not cooled properly, food unprotected from potential contamination, ineffective pest control measures and more.

The restaurant earned a C grade in 2013 from SNHD and a B grade in 2014 and 2015.

Next up, Subway at 4925 Boulder Hwy., shut down by SNHD after a routine inspection on July 19. Inspectors found no potable water, an imminent health hazard that called for the immediate shutdown of the restaurant. While the restaurant earned 14 demerits during this inspection, it has four B grades since 1999.

Baja Fresh at 4343 N. Rancho Drive was shut down by the health department on July 18 after a routine inspection revealed 39 demerits. Among the battery of issues: staff not properly washing their hands, waste water disposed into a public sewer, food unprotected from potential contamination, an inadequate number of hand-washing sinks and so much more.

The health district conducts unannounced inspections at least once a year. Inspections are posted online about five days after the inspection. The Southern Nevada Health District routinely shuts down restaurants that receive more than 40 demerits. Restaurants have the option of requesting a re-inspection before the next scheduled inspection.

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