When Philip Browne got to work the other day, he made a startling discovery.

Some-thing was missing from the foyer of his restaurant.

Some-thing that meant a lot.

“I had to look twice,” Browne said, “before I realized that our Small Business of the Year award was gone.”

“Where’d our plaque go?” Browne remembers exclaiming, bewildering general manager Ryan Allen.

Awarded to the restaurant in 2006 by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the plaque was enshrined on a table in the enclosed entryway at Chick-fil-A, along with other recognitions the franchise has won during its time in Waxahachie.

“I don’t really know why somebody would take it,” said Browne, the business owner and operator. “It’s not like it has a lot of resale value at a pawn shop.”

However, while the monetary value of the award is small, its sentimental value to the company is significant.

“It means a lot to us,” Browne said, calling it a “source of pride and motivation for the leaders and employees of Chick-fil-A.”

Seeking to get the plaque back, Browne has contacted the police to file a report on the stolen honor. While the authorities have been notified, Browne also has decided to take matters into his own hands, offering a sweet reward (pun intended) for its return.

“Whoever brings it back will be treated to a Chick-fil-A specialty,” Allen said. “We won’t ask questions, but we will provide that person with free milkshakes for a year.”

Additionally, other rewards in the form of Chick-fil-A goodies are being offered for information leading to the return of the award or the identification of those responsible for the theft.

If anyone has information about the stolen award, contact Browne or Allen at the Waxahachie Chick-fil-A, (972) 937-1504.

E-mail Anthony at anthony.trojan@waxahachiedailylight.com