Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, which was linked to a salmonella outbreak at its former Paradise Road location that sickened nearly 300 people last April, recently was cited by the Southern Nevada Health District with 38 demerits at its Henderson restaurant, 11261 S. Eastern Ave. That’s just three short of the 41 that would have led to a temporary closure by the health district.
The restaurant was reinspected Friday and received eight demerits and an A grade, a health district spokeswoman said.
The Paradise Road salmonella outbreak was traced to cross-contamination of chorizo, but the cause of that remained uncertain. After complaints from sickened customers, the health district inspected the restaurant, found 44 demerits, and closed it down.
The same location was closed for a few days in 2011 because of excessive demerits.
During an inspection March 31, Firefly’s Henderson restaurant was cited for a failure to protect food from potential contamination during storage and preparation and failure to protect it from contamination by chemicals.
Also, it was cited for improper hand-washing practices, which include proper glove use and no bare-hand contact of ready-to-eat foods; failure to ensure that the food is “wholesome, not spoiled, contaminated or adulterated”; and improper heating and cooling of foods. It was given a C grade.
During its most recent inspections in February, April and October 2013, the Henderson location retained A grades; it remained open along with the restaurant at 9560 W. Sahara Ave. while Firefly on Paradise was closed.
Firefly owner John Simmons did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Simmons and his wife and business partner, Tabitha Simmons, said last May that they had hired a food-safety consultant, that all employees had received food-safety training and that the consultant had briefed them on the protocols of the ServSafe program of the National Restaurant Association.
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