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Restaurant owners wanted 'something different' for new sign

Frank Balazi and Chelsea Leighton, new owners of Kinni Cafe Family Restaurant, stand near the newly-painted sign on the front of their restaurant. They hired local artist David Markson to paint the front of their building, instead of putting up a more traditional sign.

The new owners of the Kinni Cafe, 702 N. Main St., have spent about a year renovating the resturant. For the finishing touch, the sign, new owners Chelsea Leighton and Frank Balazi wanted something eye-catching.

"I wanted to do something different," Leighton said. "Everyone else in town, you know, they just have the plain old sign."

Leighton decided to have a sign painted onto the restaurant building, like a mural. To "keep it local," she hired local painter David Markson.

"It's kind of the finishing touch on the building," Leighton said. "It's just going to be different than anything else."

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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