DARIEN - A popular Darien restaurant is pleading for the safe return of a one-of-a kind painting after the manager says it disappeared in the middle of its weekend rush.

According to employees at Ten Twenty Post, the $7,000 painting is a Flick Ford original called "False Albacore." They say it went missing sometime around 10 p.m. Friday from the vestibule between the front door and dining-room entrance.

The manager says a Greenwich gallery lent the painting to the restaurant and he simply wants to return it to them. He says he doesn't care about pressing charges.

Investigators say that pawning the artwork would be a challenge because it is an original and easy to identify. Anyone with information is urged to call Darien police.