A man who runs a Cincinnati-area barbecue joint says the busty mannequin he tethered to the front of the building has been good for business, but city officials say he needs a permit to keep her there.

Under Reading city rules, the 5-foot-10 brunette is considered a sign and requires a permit.

Restaurateur Kenny Tessel says the bikini-clad figure in the tight short-shorts cost him nearly $200, but he quickly made that back in profit.

He already has made one change. He removed a chain that kept the mannequin latched to a utility pole after police said that was against the sign code.

Tessel had chained the mannequin because he said he didn't want some "yahoo" tossing her into the back of a pickup truck.