Former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has insisted that the high profile closing of her Las Vegas restaurant, SHe, was not because it failed a health inspection as has been widely rumoured.
Eva, who was in Dubai last year to host the Global Gift Gala charity fundraiser, had partnered with the owners of well-known, upmarket steakhouse chain Morton's and opened the SHe eaterie inside the glitzy Aria Resort and Casino in 2012 in a blaze of publicity. But the restaurant closed for good last weekend and subsequent speculation has suggested its demise was because it received 21 demerits for health code violations from Southern Nevada Health District officials.
Outspoken Longoria has blasted the rumours, taking to Twitter.com to write, "Just to be clear, the steakhouse in Vegas DID NOT close for health violations. We had an 'A' rating at time of closure. People should read more carefully. SHe Las Vegas was originally concepted as a nightlife entertainment venue. Since the closing of the nightclub venue, we have been met with considerable resistance from our landlord to re-concept the nightlife theme which impacted our ability to deliver on our guests' experience."
SHe restaurant offered smaller-portion dishes for weight-conscious female customers which also might have put off those looking to gorge on the regular all-you-can-eat Vegas buffet fare. But Eva’s restaurateur dreams are far from over; she still runs one of Los Angeles' top restaurants, Beso, which has been a star-spotting Hollywood hotspot since 2008.