According to a statement by owner John Simmons, the original Firefly location on Paradise Road, which was shuttered by the Southern Nevada Health District two weeks ago after diners became sick, will stay closed permanently. However, the operation will resume roughly a block north, at 3824 Paradise Road, next month as part of a previous plan to open in a bigger location.
This news comes on the same day that SNHD increased its tally of Firefly diners and employees stricken by illness from 89 to 200, as reported by KVVU-TV.
The new Firefly Paradise location will join those in Summerlin and Henderson, both of which have remained open and have been offering occasional promotions such as half-off bacon-wrapped dates. Meanwhile, one step Simmons has recently taken to prevent any future safety compromises is to hire a restaurant consultant.
Simmons' statement follows:
“We appreciate the diligence and thoroughness of the Southern Nevada Health District throughout this process. We will continue working with them as we implement the recommendations outlined in today’s report — and we already have begun doing just that, including hiring a highly respected food safety and restaurant consultant with more than 25 years experience in the industry. At this time there is no plan to reopen our 3900 Paradise location, as we will be moving forward with our original plan to have our new location at 3824 Paradise opened by the end of the month. Firefly has been a proud member of Southern Nevada for 10 years and we are optimistic that the combination of moving to this new location, that has a kitchen as large as the entire original Firefly restaurant, and the recommended retraining on operations and procedures, will help us regain the confidence of the community. We are greatly appreciative of the tremendous support we have received.”