Man cannot survive on Pokey Stix alone, and neither could Gumby’s.
The pizza restaurant has closed after spending 18 years at its last Franklin Street location.
Most widely known for its Pokey Stix — a pull-apart pizza with dipping sauce — the restaurant was a staple for many UNC students and alumni.
“I have fond memories of Pokey Stix. I know the students will miss those,” said Sabrina Jones, director of East Coast Operations for Zapolski Real Estate and property manager for 306 W. Franklin St., where Gumby’s was located.
Signs posted on the building say the space has been taken over by the landlord, Jeff Boak. Contact info for vendors with machinery still inside is listed on the door.
Jones said there had been many problems with the current owners.
The owners of Chapel Hill’s Gumby’s didn’t answer calls to the number they left on the restaurant’s door.
Jones said Michael Bannerman was one of the owners. She said the owners were evicted because they were several months behind on their rent.
“I can’t disclose the exact number, but it was a substantial amount,” she said.
Chance Hippler, founder of Gumby’s Pizza and a previous owner of the Gumby’s on Franklin Street, said he received a letter notifying him of the eviction sometime around June 2.