After years of financial worry, Chapel Hill’s iconic He’s Not Here has embraced its casual, beer garden image and, according to its management, made a turn around.
Soon, the business known for its laid-back atmosphere and distinctive blue cup will add new ownership to its list of updates.Owner Dave Kitzmiller, 76, came out of his retirement in Nova Scotia to return to the bar in 2010 after three years of declining profits.
But bar manager Fleming Fuller said the bar is doing well again, and Kitzmiller wanted to return to his retirement, his Canadian home and his veterinarian wife — so he put the business on the market.
“Sales are up, we’re profitable again, he came out of retirement and got us here,” Fuller said.
The bar is listed for sale on BizQuest.com. An initial ad was placed on Craigslist and taken down to give the realtor time to review the flood of interest it generated, Fuller said. The bar’s asking price is $165,000, and the BizQuest ad lists its gross revenue as $400,000.