A Denny's restaurant in northwest Washington state closed last week for a "deep cleaning" after an undercover video -- embedded above -- exposed stomach-turning filth throughout the premises.
The video showed layers of old food coating the spaces beneath kitchen appliances, Dirty dishes and cooking utensils are heaped in piles around the kitchen and grime clinging to several cooking surfaces at the location of the chain in Ferndale, Wash. It garnered over 11,000 views since it was first posted to YouTube in May.
According to the Bellingham Herald, some of the watchers were alarmed enough to contact the Whatcom County Department of Health, which sent an inspector to the restaurant on July 2. When he arrived, however, the branch was already in the midst of its "deep cleaning."
The restaurant re-opened the same day, following the inspection. The health inspector told The Bellingham Herald that, although most of the infractions didn't pose a serious risk of spreading illness, the restaurant would be inspected again this week.
Between this and the hubbub surrounding a recent video of raw meat being dumped behind a Golden Corral, one thing's for sure: It's never been easier to expose disgusting conditions or practices at restaurants.
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Denny's emailed the following statement to The Huffington Post:
At Denny’s, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality experience for our guests, and that includes both the food we serve and the condition of our restaurants. We take any report that suggests otherwise very seriously and any kitchen in violation of local heath standards is unacceptable, evaluated and corrected immediately.
We dispatched resources to the Ferndale restaurant to work with the local health department to ensure food quality and safety at this location. The department has inspected and approved the condition of the Ferndale, WA restaurant and it is open for business.
This post has been updated to include the statement from Denny's and to clarify the date in which the restaurant reopened.