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UPDATE: Sizzler on Mt. Vernon closed due to observed food debris, "cockroaches" throughout restaurant

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:02:58-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Sizzler located on Mt Vernon Avenue has been temporarily closed due to observed food debris and cockroaches throughout restaurant, according to Kern County Public Health.

In a failed inspection report, health officials said they found food and grease build between and behind cooking equipment and dirty food storage containers in the kitchen. Health officials also reported that there was evidence of cockroaches "throughout the restaurant", in soup station cabinets and dish washing area.

The violations listed by the health inspection report resulted in a failing score of 68%.

UPDATE (8/1, 3:01 p.m.): A representative from Sizzler has reached out to 23ABC News and provided the following statement:

"Sizzler is aware of the situation at one franchised location in Bakersfield and we are working diligently with the franchise owner to ensure the restaurant operates in a safe and clean environment. At Sizzler, food safety and cleanliness are our top priority and we’re committed to serving customers high-quality food in a restaurant that meets our stringent standards. The franchise owner is working alongside the Bakersfield Health Department to rectify concerns as quickly as possible and will re-open soon."