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Crisp Kitchen’s Stolen Chicken Has Been Returned

Some stories do have happy endings

The Crisp staff and the returned chicken
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Sometimes, there’s room for optimism in this world — Crisp Kitchen + Bar’s beloved stuffed chicken has been returned to the bar.

The chicken, part of the restaurant’s goofy holiday window displays and a mascot of sorts for the Bloomingdale bar, went missing in early October. Owner Jamie Hess was concerned enough about it to put up “Wanted” signs throughout the neighborhood, and even offer a reward of a chicken dinner (Crisp is known for its Nashville hot chicken) if the animal was returned unscathed.

And on early Sunday morning, Dale Bloomington (yes, the chicken has a name) was dropped off on Crisp’s patio by someone wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Needless to say, the anonymous individual did not collect a reward; Hess suspects it was probably a Saturday night bar regular. They’re not sure, though, and he’s “happy he’s back” regardless.

Here’s some security video footage of the chicken’s triumphant return to the bar: