8 Surprising things you didn't know about Pizza Hut

Wow!

1. The First Pizza Hut Has Been Moved

The First Pizza Hut Has Been Moved

The original building has been preserved, and is now located on the grounds of Wichita State University. A plaque on the building notes its historical importance.

2. A Large Pizza Originally Cost $1.50

A Large Pizza Originally Cost $1.50

A small pizza would have only set you back 95 cents.

3. The Carney Brothers’ Return on Investment Was Ludicrous

The Carney Brothers’ Return on Investment Was Ludicrous

In 1977, the duo sold the company to PepsiCo for a whopping $300,000,000, equal to around $1.2 billion today.

4. The First International Pizza Hut Was Opened in Costa Rica

The First International Pizza Hut Was Opened in Costa Rica

It was also one of the first American franchises to open in Iraq.

5. The “Red Roof” Pizza Huts Are Today a Rare Find

The “Red Roof” Pizza Huts Are Today a Rare Find

Sadly, the classic Red Roof Pizza Huts of the 1960s and ‘70s, with their beer, buffet, and jukeboxes, are going by the wayside. If you ever encounter one (or if you have one in your town) consider yourself lucky!

6. Football Coach Bill Parcells Was Once a Pizza Hut Manager

Football Coach Bill Parcells Was Once a Pizza Hut Manager

Parcells was so successful as manager that the franchise owner tried desperately to make him stay when he quit the job in order to take his first coaching gig, at a small Nebraska college. Parcells went on to become one of the greatest head coaches of all time.

7. There Was Once a Mascot Named “Pizza Pete”

There Was Once a Mascot Named “Pizza Pete”

Pete wore an apron, red neckerchief, and a chef’s hat. He was phased out by the end of the 1970s.

8. Ever Wanted a Pizza Hut Easy-Bake Oven?

Ever Wanted a Pizza Hut Easy-Bake Oven?

In the 1970s, Pizza hut sold a small oven that baked tiny pizzas with a 60 watt light bulb.

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