AUSTIN (KXAN) - A cash reward is being offered to anyone who has information that will bring Johnny Cash back.
No, not resurrect him from the dead; but rather an original work of art featuring Cash that is missing from the MAX's Wine Dive in Downtown Austin.
According to the restaurant owners, the painting was stolen on Sunday, Jan. 20 between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
MAX's owners commissioned the painting featuring Johnny Cash and his song lyrics from Tra Slaughter, a local Houston artist, when they opened their first restaurant in Houston in 2006.
The painting found a new home when the owners opened the Austin location in 2009. The large artwork was displayed right next to the jukebox.
"To have this painting stolen off the wall is a tragedy for all of us at MAX's, as well as for our patrons who universally loved the art and the spirit that it represented. It was a sad day throughout our company, but a silver lining seems to be emerging as the community is rallying behind the efforts to oust the thief and return Johnny to his home in Austin," said Jerry Lasco.
While there was no evidence of a break-in, the restaurant owners said they are actively working with local authorities to find their Man in Black.
MAX's is offering a cash reward for information leading to the return of the painting. If you have any informatio, please contact (512) 904-0106.
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