Someone had sticky fingers at Max's Wine Dive last week, and it wasn't a result of the signature fried chicken: the downtown restaurant's favorite piece of Johnny Cash art, has gone missing. The painting was commissioned in Houston and done by local artist Tra Slaughter, then found a home next to the Austin Max's jukebox. Owner Jerry Lasco said, via press release:
"For the opening of MAX's Austin, we allowed Johnny to travel, bringing his mojo to our second location—after all, the painting is titled 'I've Been Everywhere, Man.' The thought was that Johnny would spend time in all of our new locations establishing his 'presence' in the room. However, Austin latched on to this piece so intensely that it was deemed 'ill advised to move.'"Obviously some thief disagreed, and in the early hours of January 20th, between 1:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., he or she made off with the piece. The restaurant is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the painting's return.
[Photo: Max's Wine Dive]