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Abner's, a restaurant located in University City, was shut down by the Philadelphia Department of Health on June 29 due to food safety violations, reported.

The popular cheese steak and pizza restaurant on Chestnut Street closed for two days following violations regarding mouse droppings, roaches and flies. 

"Due to imminent health hazards observed during this inspection, the establishment has been issued a Cease Operations Order and must discontinue food operations immediately," a report said, written by the inspector from the Philadelphia Department of Health's Office of Food Protection who filed the order. "The establishment cannot operate for a minimum of 48 hours."

Abner's collected 10 violations overall, 4 of which were serious, according to the report.

Among the violations were citations of old food residue in sinks and slicing equipment, live roaches on food contact surfaces, dead roaches in the mixing bowl, mouse droppings on the ground, and flies throughout the establishment.

Abner's was cleared to reopen on July 1 by its inspector, according to

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