Bull Battle: Everett Restaurateur Battles City Hall Over Bovine Statue

EVERETT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Wilton Rangel owns Oliveira's Restaurant, a Brazilian steakhouse on Broadway.

He paid $5,000 to import a gigantic bull statue from Brazil, and another $2,000 to install it on a platform outside his restaurant.

Rangel told WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens that people love the statue.

"So many people come to take a picture of it, people drive by, they see the bull, they park their car, they come over here to take a picture of the bull," he said.

Who doesn't love it? City Hall. The Everett building commissioner determined the replica of the bull constitutes an advertisement, and must be taken down.

Wilton's going to appeal next month, as he doesn't want it to go.

"Oh yeah, I'd be so upset if I had to sell it," Rangel said. "If you have to move the bull, I'd be very upset, you know."

One long-term customer said he believes Rangel is a victim of cultural bias.

"Because if it was an eagle, or, let's say, a rooster that represents the French, they wouldn't have a problem with it," the customer said.

Rangel said he believes the problem is that the bull is a bit too anatomically correct. It is, after all, a bull.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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