In all the world, there is not something that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey. – John Ruskin
KLAS-TV (Channel 8) reported this morning that Firefly on Paradise Road was closed over the weekend after several complaints of food poisoning.
The way the story was worded, it sounded like the owner closed the restaurant “voluntarily” after a number of complaints of customers becoming ill after eating there.
This is unmitigated, p.r.-driven bullshit. No restaurant closes voluntarily. The Southern Nevada Health District may not have been standing there with a padlock (like it did in August, 2011) but management had to have seen the writing on the wall.
None of which surprised ELV. We have been warning people for years, and hated these joints from the first bite — specializing as they do in nasty food made with low-rent ingredients.
For those of you wondering, we have eaten at the Paradise Road location at least a half dozen times over the years, and even ventured to the downtown location and the one on west Sahara in hopes of finding improvement. Alas, it was not to be.
The only reason people go to these lame excuses for a tapas bar is because they’re cheap. They use crappy-ass, Asian-farmed seafood, bad (usually stale) bread, and whatever else falls off the Sysco truck. The first time we went to the original, we asked the bartender for a glass of sherry and he didn’t know what we were talking about. The last time we went there (on Sahara), they were using processed cheese food melted on a dish, the meat was full of gristle and the bread was at least two days old.
ELV looks forward to how this budding restaurant empire/ode to mediocrity spins this disaster. The way we see it, the lowest-common-denominator bent of this “bistro” finally caught up with it.
Regardless, we’re very sorry for the victims of the poisoning (being intimately acquainted with the affliction ourselves), but they had been warned.
Just as you have been warned.