A building can tell the story of an era. A red-roofed pizzeria with trapezoid windows causes nostalgic memories of carefree childhood outings spent eating pizza, pasta, and sundaes for many people around the world. Pizza Hut was created in 1958 and is still in business; naturally, over such a long period, many new ones have opened and some closed, leaving their shells for new inhabitants to move in like hermit crabs. The distinct exterior features of Pizza Hut restaurants gave people the idea to spot and share pictures of these repurposed buildings. At first, it can be uncanny seeing a vet or human clinic, or even a church, in what‘s clearly a repainted pizza house. But perhaps delicious memories arisen upon seeing Pizza Hut shapes can soothe the nervous client of a dentist, and hopefully, it doesn't cause them to salivate like Pavlov's dog.

The r/formerPizzaHuts forum is a huge digital collection of abandoned and repurposed Pizza Huts people found in real life, Google street view, and video games, and decided to freeze them in pictures and screenshots. The forum was opened in 2016 and is still active with over 68K members. Scroll down for an interview with the forum's creator/moderator.

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#1

Plot Twist

Plot Twist

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hyperunknown
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This one can't be topped, unlike their pizza's. Make pizza cheese grate again! Have a slice day!

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The subreddit's moderator j1ggy, who introduces himself as an average internet nerd, said he got the idea for the subreddit when former Pizza Hut architecture was mentioned in a comment thread that drifted away from its initial topic. "I love retro gaming. I also love general retro culture, which is probably why former Pizza Hut architecture has always stood out to me."

#2

Praise Cheezus! It’s A Church!

Praise Cheezus! It’s A Church!

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AndersM
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Hah. Cheezus. That's funny!

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#3

Relatable Content

Relatable Content

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SomeCrazyDogLover
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Urgent care as in urgent need for pizza? If so, I’m in!

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j1ggy considers the subreddit the perfect medium for this collection. The first few hundred members to join were people from that first discussion, while later thousands joined, which gave them momentum on the platform, attracting even more members. "People are literally driving around their cities and towns taking pictures of all the former Pizza Hut locations they know of for our subreddit and I think that's really cool."

#4

Just Found This Subreddit. I’ve Always Thought This Hut Renovation Was Cool

Just Found This Subreddit. I’ve Always Thought This Hut Renovation Was Cool

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Danielle Terese
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Very well done though

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#5

Does This Count? Lol

Does This Count? Lol

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R Carson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The roof always gives it away.

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Pizza Hut has had quite an evolution. First, in 1958, the 19 Frank and 26-year-old Dan Carney brothers borrowed $600 from their mom, and bought used kitchen equipment to open their Italian-American restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. In 1959, Pizza Hut became a franchise, a business model where brand owners allow another party to sell their products. Pizza Hut does it in exchange for a starting fee, royalties and advertising fee, but the franchisee also has to pay for the construction of the restaurant and inventory. The franchise quickly took off with 1000 outlets all over the world by 1971

#6

This Building Certainly Used To Be A Pizza Hut

This Building Certainly Used To Be A Pizza Hut

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AndersM
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3 weeks ago

That's what happens when you put pineapple on a pizza.

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#7

I Present To You: The Bud Hut

I Present To You: The Bud Hut

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TheDragonPSA
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Getting red eyes just looking at it

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#8

I'm An Architectural Illustrator Who Got Interested In Chains (Like Pizza Hut) With "Branded" Buildings, And Made This Piece

I'm An Architectural Illustrator Who Got Interested In Chains (Like Pizza Hut) With "Branded" Buildings, And Made This Piece

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Random Panda
Community Member
3 weeks ago

1. White Castle 2. Taco Bell 3. Long John Silvers 4. Pizza Hut 5. KFC 6. McDonalds 7. ? 8. ? 9. ? 10. Checkers? 11. ? 12. ? These are just guesses!

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The classic red shingle roof design was created by their frat brother, architect Richard D. Burke, then applied globally in 1969. There are speculations that the architect was inspired by Ernest J. Kump’s Foothill College design. The company could not afford the upfront fee Richard D. Burke was asking and made a deal, paying him $100 for every restaurant with his design, not knowing how much they would expand.

#9

Dothan, Alabama. I Am From There And Can Confirm Without A Doubt It Was A Pizza Hut

Dothan, Alabama. I Am From There And Can Confirm Without A Doubt It Was A Pizza Hut

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StrangerOfTheDark
Community Member
3 weeks ago

sooubway

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#10

[Ridgecrest, CA] Pizza And Coffee Together At Last

[Ridgecrest, CA] Pizza And Coffee Together At Last

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Viv Justviv
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wow, how bizarre - I lived in Ridgecrest for 5 years & never expected to come across it randomly! It's a small town in the smack dab middle of the Mojave Desert. I miss California, do not miss living in the middle of nowhere where the mercury hits about 120 degrees in the summer. Do not miss it whatsoever. That starbucks was all the rage after it morphed from the pizza hut, which moved into a non-themed building.

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#11

Brandon, FL Actually Is Really Good Phò. My Fiancé Who Is From Here Confirmed Without A Doubt It Was A Pizza Hut

Brandon, FL Actually Is Really Good Phò. My Fiancé Who Is From Here Confirmed Without A Doubt It Was A Pizza Hut

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sofacushionfort
Community Member
3 weeks ago

If you work there can you join the Pho Viet Union?

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In 1977, the brothers sold the company to PepsiCo for an estimated $310. Around that time, it became the world's largest pizza chain. Interestingly, one of the brothers, Frank, became a Papa Jones franchisee. The brothers were involved in philanthropy and helped over 100 other new entrepreneurs. Frank died in 2020, he was 82 at that time.

#12

Detroit, MI. You Can Take The Pizza Out Of The Hut, But....

Detroit, MI. You Can Take The Pizza Out Of The Hut, But....

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Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 weeks ago

A Hut is a Hut is a Hut.

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#13

Former Pizza Hut Is Still A Pizza Place. The Wood Siding To Disguise The Hut Top. Saskatoon Sk

Former Pizza Hut Is Still A Pizza Place. The Wood Siding To Disguise The Hut Top. Saskatoon Sk

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Melissa J
Community Member
2 weeks ago

This was one famoso for being a Pizza Hut. 😜 (famoso-spanish for famous)

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#14

Found A Former Pizza Hut On A Captcha Today

Found A Former Pizza Hut On A Captcha Today

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Happy Daihatsu
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I don't see a bus... unless they count a camper trailer as a bus? Or maybe there's a bus in the background somewhere? Am I a robot? AHHH!

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Pizza Hut expanded to almost 7496 restaurants in the US alone by 2019, then decided to close about 500 and put a bigger focus on delivery and drive-through. The same year, the company decided to bring back its old logo and building design.

#15

This One Isn’t Doing So Good (VT)

This One Isn’t Doing So Good (VT)

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Earl Grey
Community Member
3 weeks ago (edited)

That was one seriously dedicated graffiti artist.

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#16

Even Video Games Aren't Safe

Even Video Games Aren't Safe

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TheFakeSteveRogers
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Need For Speed Payback?

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#17

According To Locals, This Funeral Home Used To Be A Pizza Hut

According To Locals, This Funeral Home Used To Be A Pizza Hut

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aaaggg hhh
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Did they upgrade the pizza oven into a crematorium?

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The company's marketing isn't based on nostalgia alone; they go hand in hand with current trends, by expanding menu and parent company Yum! Brands, partnering with vegan food company Beyond Meat, and heavily branding themselves as equitable and inclusive. Yum! Brands is PepsiCo's fast food division, controlling KFC and Taco Bell as well as Pizza Hut.

#18

Vet In Nsw, Australia

Vet In Nsw, Australia

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Ali Sherlock
Community Member
3 weeks ago

GREENCROSS Vets <3

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#19

Adult Shop In Athens, GA

Adult Shop In Athens, GA

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Tiggy Darling
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Was the name "Dildo Hut" already taken?

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Pizza Hut's marketing is actually quite innovative, from their introduction of stuffed crust to delivering high up: in 2001 to the International Space Station and in 2016 to Mount Kilimanjaro. Gamers and other geeks are also a part of Pizza Hut's customer base. From 2013, XBOX 360 players could order pizza directly by console, in 2021, Pizza Hut introduced green "Mutagen ranch" as a homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

#20

They Removed The Top Of The Hut But Kept The Windows, Now Pizza Hut Is Right Next To It In The Strip Mall

They Removed The Top Of The Hut But Kept The Windows, Now Pizza Hut Is Right Next To It In The Strip Mall

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M O'Connell
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Is "Pretzel, Pretzel" an added Little Caesar's joke on top of an old Pizza Hut?

#21

Now A Cafe In Layton, Utah

Now A Cafe In Layton, Utah

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Amy Jo Buchanan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

At first glance, I thought the name of the cafe was "She's Cute" lol! But zooming in, it says "Sill's Cafe"... right?

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#22

Bank Of America Hut!

Bank Of America Hut!

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Melissa J
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Your 🏧 money goes in the oven instead of burning a hole in your pocket.lol

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The first opened Pizza Hut restaurant was in a red brick building near Wichita University, where the brothers studied. It proved that students are a great target customer base. The first Hut was absorbed by the university in 1986 for administrational purposes and now serves as a Pizza Hut Museum.

#23

Found In Sheffield England

Found In Sheffield England

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Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
2 weeks ago

noooo!!

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#24

Former Pizza Hut Is Now T-Mobile

Former Pizza Hut Is Now T-Mobile

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Melissa J
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Do they provide food while you wait forever then I'm in.

#25

Uroll Sushi, Orlando, FL

Uroll Sushi, Orlando, FL

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Regina Granat
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That place is delicious.

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Photographer duo Chloe Cahill and Ho Hai Tran started spotting former Pizza Huts, hunting them down with the help of Google Maps and traveling to immortalize them before they get demolished. In 2016, they released the Pizza Hunt photo album on Kickstarter, which gained a lot of interest. Moderator j1ggy said he would buy the book as well if it becomes available again.

#26

Hey, Maybe It’ll Become A Pizza Hut Again?

Hey, Maybe It’ll Become A Pizza Hut Again?

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#27

Centrally Located In Richmond, Kentucky

Centrally Located In Richmond, Kentucky

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R Carson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Thought it said taint store.

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#28

Hm. Seems That Days Gone Has A Secret It Doesn't Want Us To Find

Hm. Seems That Days Gone Has A Secret It Doesn't Want Us To Find

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Georgia Hebert
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Still counts ;)

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The artist duo expresses interest in what is no more: "lost arts, bygone eras and forgotten histories." "Those that remain, those that have not been demolished or are not slated for demolition, exist in the space where the unremarkable and the unforgettable meet," the artists poetically describe surviving Pizza Hut buildings from the '70s-'90s.

#29

Popeyes X Pizza Hut

Popeyes X Pizza Hut

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
3 weeks ago

These OCs are getting out of hand.

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#30

Somebody Blue Me!

Somebody Blue Me!

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R Carson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Paint sale-I would hope.

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Note: this post originally had 49 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

When asked what j1ggy's favorite pizza is, he said: "Famoso [...] makes authentic Neapolitan pizzas in a 900°F oven. It's a step away from typical fast food pizza and it's ridiculously good. I love their Prosciutto Arugula pizza. I don't know what it Saveis, but simple, boring-looking arugula is delicious on a pizza."