karl2025: Too bad. Might be a sign, but it's hardly an eyesore. Doesn't even have the name of the place on it. I wonder if they can apply for an exception.
Lish: It's a sign. It's a cute sign, and it doesn't have words, but it's a sign. If a Wendy's put up a sign that just showed Wendy but didn't say "Wendy's" it would still be a Wendy's sign.Presumably businesses in that town are allowed to have signs, but they have to follow rules, which probably include getting prior permission. They can change their sign to qualify as artwork, or they can follow the sign rules.
chitownmike: That's still a mural, words have meanings, etc