EUGENE, Ore. – The owner of Papa's Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ said a sign was stolen off of a smoker outside of the restaurant. The called KEZI 9 News just before 5 p.m. to report that it had been returned.
The restaurant was closed down last Saturday after 15 years.
Owner, Deborah Lee said she first noticed the sign missing Monday while she was in the process of cleaning the restaurant.
Lee said the restaurant had two signs that were created by a family friend. One was welded on, while the other was clipped on.
She said the sign means a lot to her and Papa, and she just wants it back.
"It's amazing how many people would take their picture in front of it and just, it was apart of the soul food kitchen and it meant a lot," Lee said.
She said the restaurant had many keepsakes including photos and other pieces of art that she would be willing to part with, but the sign was one she wanted to keep.
Lee said, "Just the thought of someone taking something without asking, you know without talking to me about it, because I know that there are things here that are very special to people, but it just hurt that someone stole it."
She posted on Facebook about the stolen sign, offering something in return to anyone who returns it.
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