Why did the chicken cross the road? To get a good look at the new Mary Brown's mural

Although people have been stopping to admire for the past few weeks, the bright and colourful mural on the side of Mary Brown's newest store in downtown St. John's is officially complete. "I am happy to have done it, I am happy to be done too," said an exhausted Kyle Bustin, the local artist behind the painting. Bustin said the painting took 20 days to complete and that's including help from two other painters. "Super excited to have this big bright colourful mural in downtown St. John's," he said, standing in front of the three-storey piece of art located at the corner of Water and Adelaide streets. Although a handful of other artists submitted ideas for the project, it was Bustin's "Where's Waldo" style art that caught the attention of the N.L.-based fast-food company senior officials. "For me, Mary Brown's is chickens and I really like drawing chickens." Greg Roberts, CEO of the company said the mural is "beyond expectations.""We wanted to  not just make it a commercial thing we wanted to use it as a cultural piece, something bigger than us," said Roberts. His favourite part of the mural, the "mer-mooses," a half moose, half mermaid character painted just over top the Mary Brown's sign."Really proud, really proud," he said, staring at the mural during the official unveiling Saturday afternoon.The restaurant is set to open at the beginning of September. Due to its close proximity to George Street, the city has agreed to give the food chain access to a "walk-up window," which will stay open late. This is the company's 41 Mary Brown's restaurant  in the province.But even bigger plans are being made nationally and internationally. The company plans on opening its 200 location next year.And although, Roberts said there isn't too much growth left in the province, it's Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that deserve credit for much of the company's success. "Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are our ambassadors. What they are doing for our company it is just remarkable," he said."The support they give us is just unbelievable, I don't know any brand in the world that gets so much support from home."Read more articles from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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