Stuffing your face at the Pizza Hut buffet may be a thing of the past. The pizza chain, known for their red roof, stuffed crust pan pizza, and a supplier of countless childhood memories, is closing the doors on 500 Pizza Hut Restaurants as the chain focuses on carryout and modern delivery options according to Food Business News.
Is This the End of the Dine-in Pizza Hut?
Owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands (who also owns KFC and Taco Bell) shared the news in their latest earnings call, expressing that they plan to close the locations within the next two years and replace them with express stores that you can takeout or call to deliver. "We are leaning in to accelerate the transition of our Pizza Hut U.S. asset base to truly modern delivery carryout assets," David Gibbs, president, COO and CFO of Yum! Brands, said according to Food Business News. "This will ultimately strengthen the Pizza Hut business in the U.S. and set it up for faster long-term growth." Don't worry, your breadsticks and crispy pepperonis aren't going anywhere, just getting a bit of a makeover.
The move seems to be in line with the way most fast-food restaurants are going. KFC is partnered with Grubhub at over 2,300 locations to deliver their fried chicken and two years ago Domino's Pizza was testing delivery by drones.
From a nostalgic standpoint, it'll be sad to see the red roofs be torn down. Some of the most exciting dinners I ate as a child was at the Pizza Hut buffet. So my advice: grab your family and head to the buffet one last time before they tear it down, and make sure to snag a few breadsticks in a napkin to eat on the car ride home.