MNO's Elvisized Chip (Rocky Mount, NC)

We've already covered the Uniroyal Gal found inside Club MNO/Men's Night Out in Rocky Mount, NC. But if you're lucky enough t...



We've already covered the Uniroyal Gal found inside Club MNO/Men's Night Out in Rocky Mount, NC. But if you're lucky enough to enter the compound, you must first pass under this guy.

And like much that goes on inside Men's night Out, we didn't know anything about this guy other than he reminded us of a mixture of Roy Orbison, Elvis, and a random rockabilly guy.



We were hoping he might be something from the imagination of Mark Cline, the creator of Foamhenge, Dinosaur Kingdom, and Enchanted Castle Studios, so we contacted him. It wasn't his, but he did send us some photos of some cool muffler men he's working on!

We Googled and Googled, but we couldn't figure out who this guy was. Finally, it hit us: we realized he looked a lot like the guy in front of Harry's Grill & Piggy's Ice:



We had always assumed the guy in front Piggy's ice was some anonymous ringmaster as he was surrounded by circus animals. So we went to Debra Jane Seltzer at RoadsideArchitecture.com to see if she could shed any light on his identity. She told us that both Roy Orbison and the ringmaster were modified versions of Chip, the fiberglass mascot used to promote the nearly extinct Chip's Hamburgers chain. There is also a cowboyized version of Chip at the Puncheon Camp Creek Ranch in Edneyville, NC. Anyone know of any other Chips out there in North or South Carolina?

And again, if you or anyone you know has a connection with MNO and would like to show us around the place, please email us at StrangeCarolinas@gmail.com or call/text us at 336.907.2393. Thanks so much! We'd really like to take some decent photos of their Uniroyal Gal!

What To Know Before You Go

GPS Coordinates: (35.974647, -77.737520)
Location: MNO Lane, Rocky Mount, NC

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