Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise that offers different styles of pizza along with side dishes including pasta, buffalo wings, breadsticks, and garlic bread. Pizza Hut is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (the world's largest restaurant company) with approximately 34,000 restaurants, delivery/carry-out locations, and kiosks in 100 countries. Pizza Hut is split into several different restaurant formats; the original family-style dine-in locations; store front delivery and carry-out locations; and hybrid locations that offer carry-out, delivery, and dine-in options. Many full-size Pizza Hut locations offer lunch buffet, with "all-you-can-eat" pizza, salad, bread sticks, and a special pasta. Additionally, Pizza Hut also has a number of other business concepts that are different from the store type; Pizza Hut "Bistro" locations are "Red Roof’s which offer an expanded menu and slightly more upscale options. "Pizza Hut Express" and "The Hut" locations are fast food restaurants. They offer a limited menu with many products not found at traditional Pizza Huts. These type of stores are often paired in a collocated location with a sibling brand such as Wing Street, KFC or Taco Bell, and are also found on college campuses, food courts, theme parks, and in stores such as Target. Traditionally, Pizza Hut has been known for its ambiance as much as pizza. Vintage "Red Roof" locations which can be found throughout the United States, and quite a few exist in the UK and Australia. Even so, many such locations offer delivery/carryout service. This building style was common in the 1960s and 1970s. The name "Red Roof" is somewhat anachronistic now, since many locations have brown roofs. Dozens of "Red Roofs" have closed or been relocate/rebuilt. Many "Red Roof" branches have beer if not a full bar, music from a jukebox, and sometimes an arcade. In the 1980s, the company moved into other successful formats including delivery/carryout and the fast food "Express" model. The oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut in the world is in Manhattan, Kansas, in a shopping and tavern district known as Aggieville near Kansas State University.
1.13. Pizza Hut Timeline
The first Pizza Hut® restaurant opens in Wichita, Kansas, started by two college-aged brothers who borrowed $600 from their mother. 1959:
Pizza Hut is incorporated in Kansas and the first franchise unit opens in Topeka, Kansas. 1965:
"Putt-Putt to Pizza Hut" musical jingle developed for Pizza Hut's first television commercial. 1967:
A Pizza Hut restaurant was built in five days by franchisees at the Oklahoma State Fair. World's largest pizza (six feet in diameter) baked and served at the grand opening of a Fort Worth, Texas Pizza Hut® restaurant. 1968:
International market entered with opening of Pizza Hut restaurant in Canada. Pizza Hut serves a million people a week at its 310 locations. 1969:
Red roof adopted for restaurants.
First Pizza Hut restaurant opens in Mexico. Construction begins in Munich, Germany and Australia. 1970:
Sandwiches added to basic menu of Thin 'N Crispy® pizza, salad, beer and soft drinks. First restaurant opened in Australia.
Pizza Hut becomes the number one pizza restaurant chain in the world in both sales and number of restaurants. 1972:
Pizza Hut, Inc. listed on New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PIZ. Pizza Hut restaurant number 1,000 opens in Wichita, KS. A unit opens in Costa Rica. 1973:
Pizza Hut restaurants open in Japan and England.
Thick'n Chewy® pizza introduced.
Chatsworth, CA Pizza Hut restaurant is used in the filming of "The Bad News Bears."
The 100th international Pizza Hut restaurant is opened in Australia, while entire system reaches 2,000. 1977:
Pizza Hut, Inc. stockholders overwhelmingly approve merger with PepsiCo, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. 1979:
The Sicilian Pan Pizza is introduced.
Units open in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.