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Firefly issues statement concerning "C" rating at Henderson eatery

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John and Tabitha Simmons, who own the Firefly chain of restaurants in southern Nevada, issued the following statement on Tuesday after it was revealed that the chain's Henderson location received a "C" rating following an inspection on March 31:

"Firefly has instituted the highest level of food safety procedures in the restaurant business and, additionally, we have imposed a zero tolerance policy for anything less than that standard from our managers, cooks and food servers.

"It is important to note that we have consistently held "A" ratings at our three restaurants since Firefly on Paradise reopened in June and, as owners of Firefly, we place food safety as our single greatest priority.

"On March 31, one of our restaurants located on Eastern Avenue, was subjected to a random inspection by the Clark County Health District. After citing a number of infractions, such as one day old expired food in the refrigerator, District inspectors downgraded the restaurant from an "A" to a "C" rating. Within hours on the day of the inspection, we took immediate corrective action and requested a re-inspection the same day.

"The Health District was unable to re-inspect our restaurant until Friday, April 4 at which time the "A" grade was restored. Had the District inspectors visited the restaurant at any time before April 4 they would have found that we made every effort to address and resolve the violations on the spot the day they were noted.

"The fact remains that food safety procedures were not followed and we will not allow our employees to pay attention only part of the time. As the owners of Firefly, we have taken swift and appropriate action resulting in the termination of three individuals who did not properly follow our food and safety protocols.

"We expect all of our employees to adhere to our health and safety guidelines at all times with no exceptions."

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