Home Depot’s Cambridge Tiki Bar Giant Skeleton’s Stolen Arm Has Been Replaced – NBC Boston
Call it a weird coincidence or a Halloween miracle, but don’t worry, it’s a lucky restaurant.
The giant skeleton standing outside a new tiki bar and restaurant near Harvard University had one of its arms stolen last week. While the member is still at large, the Halloween decoration is whole again, thanks to another person whose giant skeleton was just destroyed in a windstorm around the same time.
Maria Bennes and her husband may no longer have their beloved skeleton, but they’re glad they helped someone else, and the $100 reward doesn’t hurt either.
“We just thought it was a good way to let him live,” Bennes said, adding, “Is that an oxymoron because he’s a skeleton?”
The saga began last week.
Cambridge’s Restaurant Wusong Roadhas marked his first Halloween with the Home Depot’s 12-foot-tall skeleton. Skeletons are hard to come by – every store only carries one or two, and they’ve become coveted by Halloween enthusiasts like Bennes and Wusong Road owner Jason Doo.
“We were waiting at 6 a.m. in August,” he recalls. “There are giant skeleton scalpers.”
But two people were spotted on CCTV taking off with the arm after posing for a photo with it, and the restaurant released the video, asking for help in recovering it.
Savannah Smith has complex health issues and uses a wheelchair, but nonprofit Magic Wheelchair stepped in to ensure she could enjoy this year’s Halloween festivities.
Meanwhile, Bennes was reeling from the loss of his massive skeleton.
“I was devastated when he fell because I loved him so much,” she said.
Bennes and her family didn’t exactly have a name for the skeleton during her neighborhood-scared two-year service to Millbury, but they sometimes called her Hank, she said, according to their dog , who is also tall and white with black eyes. The statue was toppled by a windstorm last weekend, Bennes said.
The remnants of Hurricane Ian brought strong winds to New England.
“The ribcage broke,” she recalls, and as the Benneses thought about reusing parts, like getting the arms out of the dirt, they ultimately decided it wouldn’t work.
Bennes’ husband saw the media coverage of the Wusong Road skeleton problem, but it wasn’t until the story resurfaced on social media that she knew what she had to do, he said. she stated.
Not only did the Bennese bring the missing arm, but they brought other spare parts that were still intact, in case more damage befalls the Wusong Road Skeleton.
Now restaurant workers take the arms off every night and put them back on when Wusong Road reopens for dinner, according to Doo. And he sends a $100 gift card to the Bennese for the reward.
Even though they live about 45 minutes away, Bennes said she and her husband definitely plan to come back and use it: “It looks like the coolest bar!”
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