Worcester diner’s mural will stay hanging with help from Auburn Harley-Davidson dealer

Worcester diner’s mural will stay hanging with help from Auburn Harley-Davidson dealer
The sign above the Miss Worcester Diner sparked an outpouring of support after Harley-Davidson sent the owner a cease-and-desist letter.

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Harley-Davidson sign above a Worcester diner, known for its delicious food and biker-friendly atmosphere, will stay in place after a local Harley dealer stepped in.

The hand-painted mural at the Miss Worcester Diner sparked a cease-and-desist letter from Harley-Davidson alleging copyright infringement. So the owner of the diner, Kim Kniskern, decided to start an online petition asking the company to let the issue go.

After over 4,000 signatures and support from loyal customers, including the city’s mayor, the owner of an Auburn Harley-Davidson dealer stepped in and agreed to sponsor the mural, which was hand-painted by an artist three years ago.

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Kniskern wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that she met with the owner of Sheldon’s Harley-Davidson, who agreed to sponsor the sign, ending the beef with the motorcycle company.

"Thank you for all your support and love, " she wrote in the post, “I’ve learned a lot these last few days .. and I’m very blessed to have so many people on my side....as soon as the weather gets a little warmer Tony will be getting up there to paint Sheldons logo.”

We can finally put this whole thing to rest now .. at noontime today I met with chad the owner of Sheldons Harley...

Posted by Kim Kniskern on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Patrons rally behind Worcester diner as it faces cease-and-desist letter