PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Pizza Hut is getting a new fresh look after 50 years.
The entire building at Quincy and Broadway was demolished Monday for a brand-new building to take its place.
The new building will be 1,700 square feet and is a $1.2 million investment, and is set to be complete by the end of July. Employees were given shifts at the other Pizza Hut location at 201 S. Broadway, Pittsburg.
Since the building opened in 1968, there has been a significant shift to carry out and delivery service NPC Chief Accounting Officer Jason Poenitske said. The changes will reflect the customers needs, he said.
The building will also have a “fresh” new look, he said.
According to a release, the new building will have “a fast casual pizza restaurant concept, which includes an open layout, fountain machine, TV’s, theater kitchen and dine-in seating for 28 … faster ovens to accommodate quicker lunch schedules and new menu items to include specialty salads and nine-inch pizzas.”
Pizza Hut’s Quincy location is one of the busiest intersections in town and the new look and concept will be beneficial for the community and the restaurant’s customers, Poenitske said.
“This new layout better reflects NPC’s commitment to meeting the needs of our customers,” he said.
The new dining space will have tables and chairs surrounded by windows and natural lighting. Poenitske said there had been a decrease in the utilization of the party room, therefore a party room will not be included in the new building.
Pizza Hut is also saying goodbye to the lunch buffet and is now introducing a new concept for lunch which meet the customer's dining needs Poenitske said.
“Unfortunately we will not be having a buffet,” he said. “The lunch menu will still have pizza, of course, but there will be specialty salads easier to pick up and to be eaten fairly quickly during lunch.”
The building will include a drive-thru which will be more accessible than the previous one, Poenitske said.
Poenitske said NPC also would like the new building to represent the home of NPC, International, which was founded in Pittsburg.
Customers can purchase pizza at the delivery and carry-out location on South Broadway.
More about NPC, International
NPC, International, was founded in Pittsburg in 1962 and remains the country’s largest franchise owner of both Pizza Hut and Wendy’s locations.
NPC currently operates more than 1,144 Pizza Hut units in 27 states and more than 386 Wendy’s units in 8 states.
In addition to the Pittsburg Pizza Hut location, NPC still maintains a considerable workforce in its Pittsburg corporate facility and call center.
The corporate facility at 720 West 20th Street currently has over 200 employees, while the NPC call center at 701 East Washington adds another 100 full-time equivalent employees.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.