The Firefly restaurant on Paradise is still shut down after the health district found multiple violations there last week. Other businesses in the area say some Firefly patrons are choosing their restaurants instead.
San Francisco resident Nick Ware was looking forward to spending his lunch break at Firefly, like he does every time he comes to Las Vegas for business. His plans changed once he found out the restaurant was shut down due to a number of health code violations.
"It's surprising. It's a hot spot. It's always been so busy, but I'm a little disgusted to find out that everybody's been getting sick," he said.
Ware and his co-worker decided to make their decision easy and walk over to Kelly's Steakhouse next door.
Jeff Merwin, a bartender at Kelly's, says a lot of Firefly customers are doing the same thing, causing their customer base to grow.
"The lounge has become busier. People have been checking us out, seeing that we're here. So we are getting a little bit more business here and there," said Merwin.
He says the staff at Kelly's was shocked to find out about the closure of Firefly, but they wish management the best of luck in getting back open again soon. For now, he and his co-workers will continue welcoming as many diners as possible.
"It's good for us. Their misfortune is our fortune, I guess you could say," he said.
Other businesses in the shopping center on Paradise near Flamingo chose not to talk on camera. Some said they're seeing an increase at their restaurants, too.
In an emailed statement, John Simmons, the owner and chef at Firefly, chose not to comment on the litigation. He also said he's looking forward to the health district's final report and recommendations. As of Wednesday, the restaurant is closed and there is no reopening date set.
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