Morrisville Restaurant At Odds With Town Over Pizza Statue
Posted September 1, 2003
MORRISVILLE, N.C. — A statue named "Cheech" at a Morrisville Pizzeria is the subject of a sign ordinance battle.
A town inspector told restaurant owner Gino Romano his pizza-man statue is in violation when it is outside on the sidewalk. Business owners are only allowed one sign and according to the town, the statue qualifies as a second sign.
Morrisville is fining Romano $20 a day.
"I was fined once. I was fined twice and I told them you can fine me all you want. I will not take the statue inside," he said.
"Maybe we overdid it a little bit. We're taking a look at it," Mayor Gordon Cromwell said. "At this point in time, I'm not saying there will be any change, but definitely when we have complaints, we go back and look at it."
Romano hopes to convince the town's Board of Adjustment in September. He said he will abide by its decision.