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Update: Stolen Lee's Restaurant chicken returned

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By: Kayla Bremer

The famous rooster that stands outside of Lee's Restaurant in west Lincoln has been returned.

General Manager Dennis Kann got a phone call with some good news early Wednesday morning. The Lee's Restaurant mascot, Pioneer Pete, was back.

"We love our Pete," Kann said. "He's an icon, a little monument for this whole neighborhood and for the city."

Kann says Pete was anonymously dropped off sometime overnight. Police are trying to figure out who did it.

The fiberglass display was stolen from the restaurant at S Coddington and W Van Dorn early Saturday morning. Whoever's responsible cut Pete from his post, leaving only his feet. The rooster took on some more damage to his head while he was on his adventure, but Kann says they think it can be fixed. They're looking into finding a fiber–glass expert.

"We appreciate getting all the pieces back to Pete cause it will help us put him back together a little quicker we're hoping."

Pioneer Pete has stood in front of the restaurant for 40 years. Owners say he's only been taken once before back in 1996 but was also returned.

They say people stop everyday to take pictures with the rooster and they even saw more people than usual taking pictures with just Pete's feet.

They aren't sure how long it will take before Pete is back on his perch, but they are considering throwing a "Pete Raising Day" celebration and a picnic when he's repaired.


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