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Mexican Restaurant Shut Down by Health Department

A pest infestation closes the restaurant

Health Inspected
Health Inspected
Bradley Martin

The Southern Nevada Health District closed Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant at 4930 W. Flamingo Road after a routine inspection on Friday, Sept. 22. Inspectors found a pest infestation, an imminent health hazard that called for the immediate closing of the 30-plus year old restaurant.

The health department issued Ricardo’s 14 demerits during the inspection as well for potentially hazardous dishes that weren’t cooled properly, an inadequate number of hand-washing sinks, ineffective pest control measures and more.

Inspections dating back to 2005 generally resulted in A grades, although in 2016 and earlier this month, the restaurant earned C grades.

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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