Pizza Hut Company

There more than 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States
employing over 140,000, and more than 5,139 store locations in 94
other countries and territories around the world.
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Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise that offers different styles of pizza along with side dishes including salad, pasta, buffalo wings, breadsticks, and garlic bread.

  • The first Pizza Hut restaurant opened in 1958 in Wichita Kansas, started by two college-aged brothers who borrowed $600 from their mother.
  • “Putt-Putt to Pizza Hut” musical jingle was developed in 1965 for Pizza Hut’s first television commercial.
  • In 1966, Pizza Hut built its home office in Wichita to handle business for 145 Pizza Hut restaurants.
  • The red roof was adopted for restaurants in 1969.
  • In 1971, Pizza Hut became the number one pizza restaurant chain in the world in both sales and number of restaurants.
  • In 1989, for the first time in history, Pizza Hut pizza was delivered to the White House. First Lady Barbara Bush threw a party for 200 Washington, D.C. children during a “Reading is Fundamental” reception.
  • In 1990, Pizza Hut delivered more than 1,340,000 pizzas, or about 7,000 pies a minute on “Super Bowl Sunday”.
  • Pizza Hut made its fastest and farthest delivery in 1993, Six hundred large pepperoni pizzas were delivered on a 24 hour flight for Dover Air Force Base to U.S. service personnel in Mogadishu, Somalia

Concept and Format

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 Roofs" 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 colocated location with a sibling brand such as WingStreet, KFC or Taco Bell, and are also found on college campuses, food courts, theme parks, and in stores such as Target and Walmart. Vintage "Red Roof" locations can be found throughout the United States, and quite a few exist in the UK and Australia, and México. Even so, many such locations offer delivery/carryout service. This building style was common in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The name "Red Roof" is somewhat anachronistic now, since many locations have brown roofs. Dozens of "Red Roofs" have closed or been relocated/rebuilt. Many "Red Roof" branches have beer if not a full bar, music from a jukebox, and sometimes an arcade. In the mid 1980s, the company moved into other successful formats including delivery/carryout and the fast food "Express" model.

Products

In North America, Pizza Hut sells "Stuffed crust " pizza, with the outermost edge wrapped around a cylinder of mozzarella cheese; "Hand-Tossed," more like traditional pizzeria crusts; "Thin 'N Crispy", a thin, crisp dough which was Pizza Hut's original style; "Dippin' Strips pizza", a pizza cut into small strips that can be dipped into a number of sauces; and "The Edge pizza," where the toppings nearly reach to the edge of the pizza. There was also formerly a crust that was not as thick as Pizza Hut's pan pizza, and not as thin as its thin crust. This crust was used on the Full House XL pizza and discontinued in 2007. There are regional differences in the products and bases sold.