Morkos Youssef, owner of the bar and restaurant Brewmasters, hired an artist friend, Dave Matthews, to paint a mural on the side of his business. It took Matthews 60 days to complete the intricate collection of colorful cartoons of pop icons, local features, and restaurant paraphernalia. Youssef said of thousands of comments on it, the overwhelming majority were in favor. It was something pedestrians could stop and study, like a hidden picture game, and it gave passersby the impression the city was supportive of the arts. Wilson’s zoning administrator, Rodger Lentz, said there was nothing wrong with having a mural on the side of the building. The problem was, the artist had spelled the name of the business big and bold in the negative space, and putting a business’ name on a wall is advertising. The side of the building is 12’x85’, and the city code caps signage at 250-sq-ft. Regardless of how fun the mural is, Lentz intends to ensure the city’s ordinances are applied fairly and consistently. Youssef has appealed to the city’s board of adjustment for a variance. A hearing is yet to be scheduled.