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Bar-Be-Q can stay....with restrictions

Kenny places a more conservative top on Bar-Be-Q before they go to the Reading Design Review Board meeting on Wednesday. Kenny places a more conservative top on Bar-Be-Q before they go to the Reading Design Review Board meeting on Wednesday.

By Joe Danneman - bio | email

READING, OH (FOX19) - The fate of a now famous mannequin was decided Wednesday night in Reading.

Kenny Tessel, the owner of KT's Barbeque and Deli, placed a busty mannequin outside his restaurant in order to increase business.

But some members of the community feel the mannequin is inappropriate for the small town, so the issue went to the Reading Design Review Board.

Tessel spoke first at the meeting. He brought the mannequin with him, but instead of her usual bikini top and daisy dukes, she wore a more modest tank top.

"If they're going to judge her, they're going to judge her with her being in front of them," he said.

Tessel business at his restaurant has nearly tripled since he placed Bar-Be-Q outside.

"I want my business to succeed and having her is going in the right step," he told the five-person panel.

However, not everyone at the meeting was supportive of Bar-Be-Q.

"If he wanted to make a splash, get a pink elephant," said Reading resident Marcy Nicely. "I mean, does it have to be sex? Does it have to be a woman with nothing left to the imagination?"

The panel deliberated for just about an hour before coming back with the verdict - Bar-Be can stay, but with certain restrictions. The bikini top and daisy duke shorts must go, and she must dress more conservatively and hold a sign for the restaurant.

"I don't like the limitations. I don't like being dictated to about what she can and cannot wear," said Tessel.

 

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