Description: The original Pizza Hut building can be found on the campus of Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. It has been well preserved and is worth a visit.

Original Pizza Hut Building

Original Pizza Hut Building

Photo by Sanjay Acharya (CC 3.0 license)

Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas by Frank Carney, Dan Carney and John Bender. The original Pizza Hut building was located at the corner of Bluff and Kellogg Streets in Wichita. It was small and looked, as one friend of the Carney’s said, “like a hut.” The sign on the original Pizza Hut building could only hold nine letters and “hut” fit perfectly.

The original Pizza Hut building is still standing today, but no longer at it’s original location at Kellogg and Bluff. Years ago, when Kellogg was widened, there was fear the historic original Pizza Hut building would be torn down. Before anything so anti-Wichita history could happen, the building was moved brick by brick to the Wichita State campus where it now serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Are you old enough to remember the original Pizza Hut building when it was at the Kellogg and Bluff location? Did you ever eat there? Please leave a comment below if you’ve ever been to this historic Pizza Hut.


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