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(The Atlantic Cities)   Long after Pizza Hut abandoned their iconic red-hut restaurants, one blogger makes it his life's mission to document all buildings that used to be a Pizza Hut. "They can't really hide from their past"   (theatlanticcities.com) divider line 176
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2014-01-13 11:41:29 PM  
defoenet.com

There's a building in my town that was originally a Hot N Now that only lasted  about a year, then became an office building for a credit union for about a decade, and is now being converted into a Krispy Kreme.

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2014-01-13 11:41:37 PM  

Mr. Shabooboo: ultraholland: enthralledgeishagirl: There's a freaking McDonalds in Dachau? I'm going to go punch someone. Seriously, that is farked up.

Yes, the town. No good place to eat within the concentration camp. I just thought it was amusing that this was the first thing I saw getting off the train at Frauenhoferstrasse; those small pictures on the right are of the concentration camp, so I took this as a corporate endorsement.

So you can't get a pizza fresh from the oven?


/Yes, that is a tasteless joke..



Truly tasteless, now go wash your mouth out with soap.

/wait for it.......
 
2014-01-13 11:45:14 PM  

miss diminutive: fusillade762: Pizza thread?

Hut thread?

/bring solo and the wookie


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2014-01-13 11:47:16 PM  
I kind of wish Pizza Hut had kept the old design. When I was a kid, I remember the Hut near our home as being kind of a warm and inviting place. It might be nostalgia glasses; when you're that age, anywhere with subdued lighting, burgundy carpets, vinyl-covered menus, and a salad bar was a "warm and inviting place." Your mileage may vary.

The complete collapse of Pizza Hut's customer service seems to have been simultaneous with their doing away with the red roof design. There's a "Pizza Hut Bistro" not far from where I live now that actually forgets they have a dining room every once in a while; as a steady stream of pick-up customers arrives for their orders, you could set off a bottle rocket in the lobby and still not get anyone's attention. A couple of times, out of perverse fascination and nothing-better-to-do-ism (usually when reading a good book) I would actually see how long it took to get noticed by staff after being seated. The record is 65 minutes. It's astonishing how little you can give a damn for your clients and still have a functioning business. Were they bought out by Bain Capital at one point?
 
2014-01-13 11:49:00 PM  
Remember the defunct McDonald's that became a restoration facility for the old lunar orbiter tapes from the 60's?

www.technologyreview.com images.spaceref.com
news.nationalgeographic.com
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2014-01-13 11:49:56 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Pizza Hut pizza is to every other chain restaurant pizza as Chicago-style pizza is to New York.


One tastes like crap, and the other tastes like vomit.
 
2014-01-13 11:54:20 PM  
http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/req28h/stand-up-gary-gulman- - rot-in-hell-blockbuster

Along the same lines as old businesses going out of business. I LOVE this.
 
2014-01-13 11:55:59 PM  
Tony Hawk's truck was a Pizza Hut, your argument is invalid.

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2014-01-13 11:56:11 PM  
This was a Pizza Hut, now it's all covered with daisies.
 
2014-01-13 11:56:22 PM  
There is one in Springfield Oregon that is a strip joint now.
 
2014-01-13 11:56:49 PM  
Speaking of pizza, Jon Stewart just used a joke about Mayor Bloomberg being fed like a bird that I made on Fark last week.

Oh, we were talking about Pizza HUT?  That's different.
 
2014-01-13 11:57:50 PM  
Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-13 11:58:14 PM  

zombiegoat: This was a Pizza Hut, now it's all covered with daisies.


You got it

/you got it
 
2014-01-13 11:58:54 PM  
Onion story from 14 years ago:  "You can tell area bank used to be a pizza hut"

http://www.theonion.com/articles/you-can-tell-area-bank-used-to-be-a -p izza-hut,8899/
 
2014-01-13 11:59:19 PM  
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For me it's finding old Burger Chefs.
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2014-01-14 12:01:09 AM  

Nem Wan: Rapmaster2000: Old Pizza Huts and old Taco Bells are hard to disguise.

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Long John Silvers
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Obviously these buildings attract the kind of tenants that aren't going to spring for a whole lot of remodeling.


The first ever Long John Silvers is now a salon, and decently disguised.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=38.015699,-84.523637&spn=0.001209,0.0024 11 &t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=38.015655,-84.52358&panoid=54nHWiXgI1M6pR-7LR66 SQ&cbp=12,31.41,,0,7.31
 
2014-01-14 12:03:35 AM  
The Pizza abut near me is still in its telltale building, and used to serve beer.
 
2014-01-14 12:03:51 AM  
Maybe it is just a midwest/Chicago thing, but some Pizza Huts have a lunch buffet. Classic salad bar with pudding and cottage cheese. It is as good as the Flying J truck stop salad bar. The pasta bake consists of rotini pasta,some sort of cow based meat,cheeses, and pepperoni slices. It is only $8 with a pop and there is a tabletop pac man game and temporary tattoo gumball machines with some really classy lowrider designs. One time I got a Chicago Bears sticker for my hardhat from the gumball machine and traded it to a vacationing Chilean fisherman for a pilfered dessert breadstick after I paid my bill.
 
2014-01-14 12:05:54 AM  
I like pizza hut pizza.
They still rock the red hut roofs here too.

/the bread sticks are awesome.
 
2014-01-14 12:05:57 AM  

merrillvillain: Maybe it is just a midwest/Chicago thing, but some Pizza Huts have a lunch buffet. Classic salad bar with pudding and cottage cheese. It is as good as the Flying J truck stop salad bar. The pasta bake consists of rotini pasta,some sort of cow based meat,cheeses, and pepperoni slices. It is only $8 with a pop and there is a tabletop pac man game and temporary tattoo gumball machines with some really classy lowrider designs. One time I got a Chicago Bears sticker for my hardhat from the gumball machine and traded it to a vacationing Chilean fisherman for a pilfered dessert breadstick after I paid my bill.


you forgot the "/csb"
 
2014-01-14 12:06:24 AM  
In Lewistown, PA near me the Pizza Hut there is now a sushi bar. Quite an upgrade.
 
2014-01-14 12:06:36 AM  
People actually eat pizza hut? I've never biatched about a pizza place in my life, but I refuse to eat pizza hut.
 
2014-01-14 12:06:54 AM  
Here's a cool old White Castle in Minneapolis that's now a jewelry store (I think);

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2014-01-14 12:08:30 AM  

kdawg7736: In Lewistown, PA near me the Pizza Hut there is now a sushi bar. Quite an upgrade.


No.

meat0918: There is one in Springfield Oregon that is a strip joint now.


THAT'S an upgrade.
 
2014-01-14 12:09:47 AM  

violentsalvation: ultraholland: violentsalvation: Ah, Nürnburger King.

I lost it when I saw this at Dachau

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Arbeit McFries


Welcome to my favorites list! Grab a drink and relax...
 
2014-01-14 12:09:48 AM  

Tom_Slick: So someone made a blog from the You're Not Fooling Anybody SubReddit.

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I still have the old website for NFA bookmarked.  It's a pic of a test pattern now, but it's still up.  Maybe it'll come back someday.
 
2014-01-14 12:12:40 AM  

peasandcarrots: I kind of wish Pizza Hut had kept the old design. When I was a kid, I remember the Hut near our home as being kind of a warm and inviting place. It might be nostalgia glasses; when you're that age, anywhere with subdued lighting, burgundy carpets, vinyl-covered menus, and a salad bar was a "warm and inviting place." Your mileage may vary."


This.

Pizza Hut was a special treat for the family in the 80s. I think I was around 7 or 8. And yeah, the dimmed lighting, carpets and big menus were a new thing for 8 year old Znuh. It felt special. And again, for an 8 year old's palate, the pizza was damned tasty. Plus, Pizza with original Coke (before new coke) was literally Kid Food of the Gods.

I never expected to see the 'Red Roof' Pizza Huts disappear. I thought they were as secure as McDonalds, which, let's face it, still pretty much feels the same when you walk into one. Messing with an established, almost-subconsciously ingrained archetype rarely bodes well for businesses. I still remember when they got rid of the Burger King 'King', and of course, then brought him back.

I felt a cozy part of my heart get demolished when I read this. Glad to hear that some of the Huts still have their iconic buildings around.
 
2014-01-14 12:12:49 AM  

jaytkay: merrillvillain: Maybe it is just a midwest/Chicago thing, but some Pizza Huts have a lunch buffet. Classic salad bar with pudding and cottage cheese. It is as good as the Flying J truck stop salad bar. The pasta bake consists of rotini pasta,some sort of cow based meat,cheeses, and pepperoni slices. It is only $8 with a pop and there is a tabletop pac man game and temporary tattoo gumball machines with some really classy lowrider designs. One time I got a Chicago Bears sticker for my hardhat from the gumball machine and traded it to a vacationing Chilean fisherman for a pilfered dessert breadstick after I paid my bill.

you forgot the "/csb"


A self-described csb usually is not. It is for others to decide unless it is an obvious csb.

My estimate is %10 of csb's are actual csb's.
 
2014-01-14 12:13:21 AM  
My old BK is now a cash loan place.
 
2014-01-14 12:17:15 AM  
This is a record store. The previous tenant was a store called Logan Hardware.

The name of the record store is Logan Hardware.

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2014-01-14 12:17:28 AM  

emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

[img.fark.net image 640x454]


That looks oddly familiar. Would something like that be found in, say, central Ohio?
 
2014-01-14 12:17:39 AM  

emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

[img.fark.net image 640x454]


There's one on interstate 35 in Texas near the Oklahoma border that is now a pr0n store with a huge "XXX" emblazoned on the roof.   It's for the truckers who like to get their jack off on while hauling garbage to put on the shelves of your local Wal Mart.
 
2014-01-14 12:17:55 AM  

merrillvillain: jaytkay: merrillvillain: Maybe it is just a midwest/Chicago thing, but some Pizza Huts have a lunch buffet. Classic salad bar with pudding and cottage cheese. It is as good as the Flying J truck stop salad bar. The pasta bake consists of rotini pasta,some sort of cow based meat,cheeses, and pepperoni slices. It is only $8 with a pop and there is a tabletop pac man game and temporary tattoo gumball machines with some really classy lowrider designs. One time I got a Chicago Bears sticker for my hardhat from the gumball machine and traded it to a vacationing Chilean fisherman for a pilfered dessert breadstick after I paid my bill.

you forgot the "/csb"

A self-described csb usually is not. It is for others to decide unless it is an obvious csb.

My estimate is %10 of csb's are actual csb's.


Well, I liked it.
 
2014-01-14 12:17:56 AM  
TFA is right/ Pittsburgh gripe.

Turn where X used to be is a standard direction.

I was asking where to go, explained clearly that I was new in town and was asked "know where taco bell is?" "yes" "well, turn right where it used to be."

"well, where was it?"

Uhhh, where taco bell used to be?.

No one here knows street names, and street signs only name what you're crossing, not what you're on.

farkrers, all of them.
 
2014-01-14 12:18:35 AM  

emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.


That looks like a porn shop that used to be in the middle of nowhere. Then Walmart put a distribution center next to it.
 
2014-01-14 12:19:32 AM  

jaylectricity: Pocket Ninja: Pizza Hut pizza is to every other chain restaurant pizza as Chicago-style pizza is to New York.

I like this because you aren't revealing your true opinion. Which way does the scale go? Who knows? Everybody who likes any pizza has an opportunity to disagree with you.


I like your troll even better than the first.  If someone likes that shiat, they clearly don't like pizza.
 
2014-01-14 12:19:42 AM  
Hermosa Beach Pizza Hut is now California Sushi & Teriyaki.

Much, much better. Chicken and beef teriyaki plate, with rice, salad and tempura veggies and shrimp on the side, all for $12.

Though I wish it did have the old arcade games I remember from the '80s -- Burgertime, Crystal Castles, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man, Tron ...
 
2014-01-14 12:19:58 AM  
Pizza Hut still gives me a bit of a nostalgic feeling when I see the old red roof design, but not because pizza, but because when I was a delivery driver my senior year of HS, there was this one waitress working there, and we'd coordinate our breaks so that we could 'hang out' in the back lot.

Good times, good times...
 
2014-01-14 12:23:58 AM  

eddievercetti: My old BK is now a cash loan place.


That pretty much sums up the situation nationwide.  Cue Gil-Scott  Winter in America. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2zKdIcOV5s
 
2014-01-14 12:25:25 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Not abandoned, still an operating McDonalds(and the oldest still in operation)
 
2014-01-14 12:25:47 AM  
/done!
 
2014-01-14 12:25:56 AM  

RedPhoenix122: This just in:  It's cheaper to lease a vacant commercial space than it is to have a new one built.


And I would guess that former Pizza Huts could be even cheaper than other commercial spaces because of their distinctive appearance. The one down the street from me is in a great location but sat empty for years before it was finally turned into an urgent care center.
 
2014-01-14 12:26:12 AM  

jaytkay: This is a record store. The previous tenant was a store called Logan Hardware.

The name of the record store is Logan Hardware.


There's a hipster bar down the street that's in an old appliance repair place that was called "Herschal Electric" - the name of the bar? Herschal Electric. Even use the same old retro sign. It's pretty cool actually.
 
2014-01-14 12:26:36 AM  

belhade: emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

[img.fark.net image 640x454]

That looks oddly familiar. Would something like that be found in, say, central Ohio?


Maybe.   Here's the list of locations.
 
2014-01-14 12:27:04 AM  
www.addictedtosaving.com
 
2014-01-14 12:28:51 AM  

Znuh: peasandcarrots: I kind of wish Pizza Hut had kept the old design. When I was a kid, I remember the Hut near our home as being kind of a warm and inviting place. It might be nostalgia glasses; when you're that age, anywhere with subdued lighting, burgundy carpets, vinyl-covered menus, and a salad bar was a "warm and inviting place." Your mileage may vary."

This.

Pizza Hut was a special treat for the family in the 80s. I think I was around 7 or 8. And yeah, the dimmed lighting, carpets and big menus were a new thing for 8 year old Znuh. It felt special. And again, for an 8 year old's palate, the pizza was damned tasty. Plus, Pizza with original Coke (before new coke) was literally Kid Food of the Gods.

I never expected to see the 'Red Roof' Pizza Huts disappear. I thought they were as secure as McDonalds, which, let's face it, still pretty much feels the same when you walk into one. Messing with an established, almost-subconsciously ingrained archetype rarely bodes well for businesses. I still remember when they got rid of the Burger King 'King', and of course, then brought him back.

I felt a cozy part of my heart get demolished when I read this. Glad to hear that some of the Huts still have their iconic buildings around.


Yes, exactly the same thoughts on pizza hut. We used to go there on occasion when I was a kid. Few things I loved more than my parents giving me quarters for the GI Joe arcade game while we waited for our food. They tore the building down around ten years ago, an AutoZone is in its place.

The other pizza hut near me is a dance studio now. Never been inside (dancers parents might frown on that), but I bet the interior remodel is interesting.
 
2014-01-14 12:29:30 AM  

Gotfire: emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

[img.fark.net image 640x454]

There's one on interstate 35 in Texas near the Oklahoma border that is now a pr0n store with a huge "XXX" emblazoned on the roof.   It's for the truckers who like to get their jack off on while hauling garbage to put on the shelves of your local Wal Mart.


I've been there once or twice.  To use the bathroom.

(Of course.)
 
2014-01-14 12:30:33 AM  

Somacandra: Pocket Ninja: Pizza Hut pizza is to every other chain restaurant pizza as Chicago-style pizza is to New York.

For your next performance, you should stick your neck into any Irish pub in Dublin and shout "OLIVER CROMWELL!!!" in a loud voice.


I usually think your posts are idiotic, but THANK YOU for saying this. Jesus Christ, Pocket Ninja's shtick is so old by now, it should be sitting in a nursing home while its Social Security checks are stolen by its ne'er-do-well son.
 
2014-01-14 12:32:51 AM  

wildcardjack: emersonbiggins: Nickerson Farms, anyone?  You've all seen one somewhere.

That looks like a porn shop that used to be in the middle of nowhere. Then Walmart put a distribution center next to it.




Holy shiat. You and I just referenced the Nickerson Farms porn store AND Wal Mart in the same post within 2 mins of each other. That is pretty amazing.
 
2014-01-14 12:34:57 AM  
That guy is a bit xenophobic.
 
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