(PIX11) — A rooster has flown the coop at a historic Long Island restaurant, and the owners of the centuries-old Milleridge Inn are offering cash (or grub) for its safe return.
The inn has put up a $500 award — or dinner for 10 — for the safe return of the purloined 300-pound sculpture of a rooster that was relieved sometime this weekend of its longtime roost.
“We would love to have the rooster back. The rooster didn’t just walk off,” said Owen Smith, the proprietor of the Milleridge Inn for the past 50 years.
His wife, Bernadette Casey Smith, said in a statement that she’s sad that “anyone would take our rooster.”
“He is a big part of the Milleridge family as our chefs, servers and support staff,”she said.
The Milleridge Inn was established in 1672 as a small wayside inn and has morphed into a 1,000 seat restaurant, a 350 person catering hall and shops including a florist and a bakery.
Anyone with information should call the Nassau County Police at 516-573-6300 or the Milleridge Inn at 516-931-2201 ext. 4