Pizza Inn closed its doors at 2 p.m. Thursday for the last time.
The restaurant, which moved from Oak Street to its Hogan Lane location 15 years ago, was packed for the lunch buffet on Thursday as news of the closing spread across social media.
"It's been busy," Katherine Keshishian, who has been the general manager for 18 years, said. "Everyone wants to come get Pizza Inn one last time."
Jim's Razorback Pizza will lease the space and plans to host a grand opening the first week of March. Keshishian has been hired as general manager for the new pizzeria.
"Thank God for him," she said of the Razorback Pizza owner, noting that he agreed to let her keep her staff. "I have kids that have worked for me since they were 16 and they have their own families now."
One such employee is 25-year-old Samantha Camp. Camp had a baby boy four months ago and said she was relieved that Keshishian was going to save her job.
"I really appreciate it," Camp said. "She's always been a really good boss."
Camp said Thursday was "bittersweet" as she broke the news to some of her customers who eat there every Thursday and sit at the same table.
"I've been waiting on them every Thursday for over a year," she said. "It makes me sad."
Some customers took keepsakes with them.
The Henry family — 7-year-old Cooper, 3-year-old Anna Kate and their parents Shane and Katie — said they love the food and the people. Cooper planned to keep his Pizza Inn cup.
T.J. Moore and Zach Arnold opted for more solid keepsakes — napkin holders that have a Pizza Inn logo on the side.
"I fund raised here forever with mu church," Moore said. "It's going to be hard to live without chocolate chip pizza."
Arnold said the restaurant had special meaning to him.
"I've eaten here a lot," he said. "It's a special place. It's the end of an era."