The chicken giant is offering $500 worth of grilled chicken as a reward for information leading to the return of the bust that was taken from a Berea KFC last month.
KFC spokesman Rick Maynard says the chain considered offering cash, "but we think KFC's world-famous chicken is a better motivator than money."
Rhonda Hall, assistant manager at the Berea location, told CBS Affiliate WKYT that while staff were cleaning the dining room the bust, resting beneath a painting of the company's founder, disappeared.
The bust is valued at $1,200.
"I thought it was pretty neat they had the statue of his head," one young customer, Dayna Miller, told WKYT correspondent Cheryl Glassford.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports four young men who left in a silver passenger car were the only customers during the time frame that the bust disappeared.
Anyone with information can contact Berea police at (859) 986-8456.
"If anyone knows anything, we'd really like to have it back in the store," said Hall.