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A Near Miss and a Shutter by Health Department

Trouble for a famous name and a less familiar spot

Health Inspected
Health Inspected
Bradley Martin

Proof it is not always the smaller, lesser known restaurants that can fall afoul of the Southern Nevada Health District's ever attentive eye.

Osaka Japanese Bistro has been a Las Vegas fixture since 1967, but their location at 4205 W. Sahara Ave. ran into problems following a routine inspection on Feb. 23. Osaka earned 39 demerits, just one shy of the 41 necessary to force a shutdown. Among the issues found, problems with proper hand washing, food protected from potential contamination and proper temperatures for potentially hazardous foods.

Osaka Japanese Bistro demerits SNHD

Osaka Japanese Bistro demerits - SNHD

However, to the southeast, the violations the SNHD discovered at Jukoo were considered serious enough for a closure. Located at 4733 S. Maryland Pkwy., near the UNLV campus, the casual Chinese restaurant's problems include unwholesome foods, hand-washing issues, storage of potentially hazardous foods, and properly washed kitchenware, enough for the inspectors to close the establishment.

Jukoo demerits SNHD

Jukoo demerits - SNHD

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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Osaka Japanese Bistro

4205 West Sahara Avenue, , NV 89102 (702) 876-4988 Visit Website