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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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2014-01-14 12:35:31 AM
Pizza Hut in Catonsville, MD...  I think it's still there. Rents used to cash in my book-it cards there, and I thought it was a night at the Apollo.. got all dressed up for a night on the town, we had waiters, beer for my dad, sodas for the kids, pizza for everyone..  we weren't the only ones there.  The place was packed on a Friday night..  I feel like it had a wait as long as a wait at a Cheesecake Factory on Saturday nights are nowadays..... sigh.  I think I'll pack my kids up and go to the pizza hut this Friday..  the one off of 108 in columbia.  Pay it forward.
 
2014-01-14 12:36:48 AM

Mister_poopy_pants: 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 -pizza-hut,8899/


Came for this.  Saw it.  I still think of this article when I see area banks that used to be a pizza hut.
 
2014-01-14 12:38:02 AM

lar_m: For me it's finding old Burger Chefs.


Holy crap Burger chefs have not been around in eons. This thread has potential as a bookmark..I should go out and take pictures of a Bar that was a Pizza hut, a Taco Bell that is a vet, and two Arbys that are now a chepo loans place and a Tire rims store
 
2014-01-14 12:43:12 AM

Gotfire: 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.


Would've been a simulpost if I was on a real keyboard instead of my iPhone.
 
2014-01-14 12:43:32 AM
First wait job was at a pizza hut. Learned that not everyone tipped no matter how great the service was. Family. Large, expensive (for pizza hut) order. Kids. Milk spilled. Cheerfully and efficiently cleaned and re-set the table and provided fresh new drinks. Ring of food scraps and napkins around the table thrown by kids. I start hurling napkins around looking for my big tip. Nothing. Nothing.

Learned to profile the tippers. Blue collar? Previous tipper? Bikers? You can all sit in my section. Families and church people, ladies who lunch, you can sit in some other section. You'll get professional service, but I'm not wasting any extra energy on you.

/CSB
 
2014-01-14 12:53:41 AM
McDonald's, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Pizza Hut
 
2014-01-14 12:54:43 AM
CSB: I've been to both Freeport McDonalds and Dachau... Didn't eat at Dachau McDonnalds though. Dachau concentration camp was filled with Italian teenagers making out, being loud and generally not giving a fark... So lord knows what they're like at McDonnalds...

/did go to McD in Berlin though, wanted a soda with ice.
//Germans love David Hasselhoff
///Germand hate beverages with ice.
 
2014-01-14 12:55:08 AM

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


No. Reddit is not the center of the farking universe you asshat.

I know people that did this kinda stuff with HoJo's, Holiday Inn "Holidomes" and photomats.

Others gave published books on things like redbarns or burma shave sign hunts going back farther.

Going back to the 70s.

/kids these days think they invented everything
 
2014-01-14 12:55:19 AM
Still got some of the actual resturants over here in Aus.
 
2014-01-14 12:55:45 AM

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

No. Reddit is not the center of the farking universe you asshat.

I know people that did this kinda stuff with HoJo's, Holiday Inn "Holidomes" and photomats.

Others gave published books on things like redbarns or burma shave sign hunts going back farther.

Going back to the 70s.

/kids these days think they invented everything


Wow. How did that sentence get moved up? Weird.
 
2014-01-14 12:56:30 AM
img.fark.net
/Yet another entry n our ongoing Fark saga of "Goddammit, Edmonton!"
//I challenge thee to find a more tasteless example of modern Used-to-be-a-pizza-huts...
 
2014-01-14 12:57:46 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.

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?


I wouldn't have cared if they still had the tabletop Galaga game.
 
2014-01-14 12:59:01 AM

Shadow Blasko: Holiday Inn "Holidomes"


That would be a fun challenge now.  Holiday Inn quit branding 1 and 2 story hotels a little while back.
 
2014-01-14 01:02:27 AM

nighble: Pizza Hut in Catonsville, MD...  I think it's still there.


As a recent transplant to MD, if it is, I'll totally go there and relive a handful of fun memories. It really is the little things in life.
 
2014-01-14 01:02:57 AM

12349876: Shadow Blasko: Holiday Inn "Holidomes"

That would be a fun challenge now.  Holiday Inn quit branding 1 and 2 story hotels a little while back.


Holidomes were cool but I never got the idea behind an attempt at a resort hotel in the middle of the city.
 
2014-01-14 01:04:36 AM

SirMadness: [img.fark.net image 850x637]
/Yet another entry n our ongoing Fark saga of "Goddammit, Edmonton!"
//I challenge thee to find a more tasteless example of modern Used-to-be-a-pizza-huts...


pbs.twimg.com
Vote: Old Bonanza or Western Steer?

Because I remember getting soft serve as a lad before I came to the champagne room.
 
2014-01-14 01:15:07 AM
the best i could find:

www.city-data.com

/pizza inn
 
2014-01-14 01:15:58 AM

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


Do they still have the all you can eat salad bar?
 
2014-01-14 01:18:43 AM

TV's Vinnie: [defoenet.com image 534x302]

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.

[bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x228]


don't forget the former pizza hut down the street that's now 24 hour mexican (get the carne asada burrito. seriously), the taco bell that's now the great wall, the kwik shoppe that's now a mexican joint, and all the converted gas stations around town.
 
2014-01-14 01:21:51 AM
The trend around here is closed down donut shops (non timmies obviously) becoming payday loan or cash for gold places. The old Huts don't really become anything.
 
2014-01-14 01:27:14 AM
thin crust, pork topping, please
 
2014-01-14 01:28:55 AM

lar_m: For me it's finding old Burger Chefs.


Right on! Greasy burgers and "super thick" shakes that were watery as hell. And awesome. My hometown had one that is now a different chain restaurant. They still have the same glass doors with pull handles with the burger chef logo. If I'm ever back there with a pair of vice grips and a wrench those farkers are mine.
 
2014-01-14 01:37:21 AM
boourns.dynu.net
/accept no substitutes
 
2014-01-14 01:37:26 AM

eas81: the best i could find:

[www.city-data.com image 850x535]

/pizza inn


I'm kind of surprised Pizza Hut's lawyers haven't or didn't come up with some contractual contrivance to prevent them from being used for other pizza places.
 
2014-01-14 01:45:13 AM

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

Do they still have the all you can eat salad bar?


You win!
 
2014-01-14 01:48:35 AM
the carne asada burrito, tv vinnie! DO IT!

pics3.city-data.com
 
2014-01-14 01:55:31 AM

emersonbiggins: 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.


I knew it!
 
2014-01-14 01:56:30 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.

[s3-media2.ak.yelpcdn.com image 533x400]


Is this Chicago?  I used to go to that hardware store.
 
2014-01-14 02:00:33 AM
Still waiting for somebody with a Shakey's reference.
 
2014-01-14 02:01:21 AM
Then there's this little gem:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3325/45 89578133_29f3e1447e_o.jpg


/pics on Fark Mobile...how does it work?
 
2014-01-14 02:34:35 AM

99.998er: Still waiting for somebody with a Shakey's reference.


The only Shakey's I ever saw was outside of Louisville.  It turned in to a Bonnie and Clyde's pizza about 1980 and I think still is.  Good times there when I was a kid.  It's not too far from the Waverly Hills Sanatorium if you've ever seen anything about that creepy place.
 
2014-01-14 02:55:49 AM
Really?  They moved the dine in Hut here to a smaller delivery express type take out earlier last year and they yanked the classic Hut roof off the old building in half a day.  I had no idea it was a facade on top of a normal peaked roof.  The goofy windows are still there so it is a bit Huttish.
 
2014-01-14 03:17:34 AM

pappy1398: I like pizza hut pizza.
They still rock the red hut roofs here too.

/the bread sticks are awesome.


*looks at username*

Papa John?

/wouldn't surprise me if he didn't eat his own pizza
//btw if by tiny chance you are him: you're an a-hole and it comes across in your commercials
 
2014-01-14 03:28:43 AM

12349876: Shadow Blasko: Holiday Inn "Holidomes"

That would be a fun challenge now.  Holiday Inn quit branding 1 and 2 story hotels a little while back.


I can't believe we're this far into the thread before first mentions of HoJo. Talk about iconic architecture that was everywhere in America.
 
2014-01-14 03:39:26 AM

Thingster: 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.


That's because Pittsburgh did not have street signs until recently I am told. Maybe it is bs not sure but maybe I will google it.
 
2014-01-14 04:29:00 AM
For many years starting in the 1930s, the Baltimore/Washington area had its own local burger stand called Little Tavern. It was very similar in style to White Castle, with an emphasis on slider-sized burgers ("buy 'em by the bag," the motto went). By the early 1990s, they started to disappear, but old locations are ridiculously easy to spot due to the restaurants' small size (barely more than a shed) and iconic, green-roofed "Tudor house" styling.

Because of the unique architecture, there's really not many things you can repurpose an old "Club LT" into, and the majority have wound up as donut shops, or cheap Chinese restaurants. And a couple of Subways, I think, since apparently you can franchise a Subway into any building with at least two and a half walls.

http://agilitynut.com/eateries/lt.html
 
2014-01-14 05:49:38 AM

TiMthisIS: The goofy windows are still there so it is a bit Huttish.


The windows (or more correctly the pillars on each side of them) are pizza slice shaped. It's one of the ways that you can tell it used to be a Pizza Hut. The roof is the other main one but that type of roof was also used by other business types so it's not a definitive tell-tale.
 
2014-01-14 06:48:09 AM

Thingster: 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.


Harrisburg native. Came here to say yup, we do that.
 
2014-01-14 07:07:16 AM
One old Pizza Hut was turned into a place called Red Wagon on Dort.  Not exactly surprising to just use an old building for a new purpose.
 
2014-01-14 07:17:56 AM

ultraholland: My only life's mission regarding Pizza Hut is to completely avoid Pizza Hut.


took a while..but we made it guys!

/rides a fixie
//eats a local place, you prob haven't heard of it
 
2014-01-14 07:30:31 AM

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

[notfoolinganybody.com image 500x375]


I find old Taco Bells to be especially amusing when they get repurposed as actual Mexican restaurants.

Meanwhile, a town near me has a "Classic" Pizza Hut that's been a variety of other restaurants. At one point, it was a German restaurant, and featured German city crests on the outside, in between the obvious Pizza Hut trapezoidal windows. When that folded, it became a Mexican restaurant, but it took them a long time before they stripped away the German decor.

The actual Pizza Hut moved down the street a quarter mile at least 20 years ago, but sometime recently it closed. I'm surprised they stayed in business as long as they did, considering there are already a couple of great pizza joints in town.
 
2014-01-14 07:43:43 AM

TV's Vinnie: Remember the defunct McDonald's that became a restoration facility for the old lunar orbiter tapes from the 60's?

 


Now that's cool. Was there a documentary made?
 
2014-01-14 07:46:46 AM

Mister_poopy_pants: 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/


On the other hand, there's a 1970s-era bank building near me that could be mistaken for a Classic Pizza Hut on steroids, except for the fact that it was a bank right from the start.
 
2014-01-14 07:54:56 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.


Many of the former Stuckey's locations in Illinois are now pr0n shops. I refer to them as "Stickey's."

/TIL the Firefox spell checker considers "pr0n" as a valid word - no wavy red line under it
 
2014-01-14 08:05:40 AM
Interesting factoid (maybe):

This guy I was stationed with at Glenview NAS told me Pizza Huts were designed so the manager could stand at the back door and supervise the whole place. I wondered what I was going to do with that information 30 years ago when he told me.

There is a former Stuckey's in Manteno (maybe) that is now an adult business. We called it "Sticky's" and a gas station that I had the poor fortune to work at for about a month is now an adult shop. It's in Edgewood Illinois.
 
2014-01-14 08:07:34 AM
cdn5.movieclips.com

Or else, Pizza is gonna send out for  you.
 
2014-01-14 08:11:07 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.


As opposed to the non-Irish pubs in Dublin, where the Dutch go to drink.
 
2014-01-14 08:33:23 AM
Dude's from Harrisburg, but he missed a couple good sneaky ones nearby.  Here's one in Palmyra that probably hasn't been a PH for 20 years.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1402+U.S.+422,+Hershey,+Pennsylvania, +U nited+States&hl=en&ll=40.297203,-76.617826&spn=0.007373,0.016512&sll=4 0.297665,-76.618503&layer=c&cbp=13,97.11,,0,21.51&cbll=40.29763,-76.61 8629&hnear=1402+U.S.+422,+Hershey,+Pennsylvania+17033&t=m&z=17&panoid= 6aCdm4B1AowLovNROp7-qg

There was another one in town in Hershey, but the building is gone now apparently, according to street view.
 
2014-01-14 08:45:36 AM

nighble: [www.addictedtosaving.com image 486x437]


Hee hee! I remember getting my free personal pan pizza from that back in the day.
 
2014-01-14 09:05:10 AM
I remember back when I was a kid, in the 70s..or was it 80s...and my parents used to take me to this cheap, plastic dump where we'd order sugar water by the pitcher, and gorge on salty cardboard with melted vinyl on it.

Ah...those were the days.
 
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