Pizza Hut Worldwide History
Pizza Hut operates in 84 countries and territories throughout the world under the name "Pizza Hut" and features a variety of pizzas with different toppings as well as pasta, salads, sandwiches and other food items and beverages. The distinctive décor features a bright red roof.
The legacy of Pizza Hut began in 1958, when two college students from Wichita, Kansas, were approached by a family friend with the idea of opening a pizza parlor. Although the concept was relatively new to many Americans at that time, the brothers quickly saw the potential of this new enterprise.
After borrowing $600 from their mother, they purchased some second-hand equipment and rented a small building on a busy intersection in their hometown. The result of their entrepreneurial efforts was the first Pizza Hut restaurant and the foundation for what would become the largest and most successful pizza restaurant in the world.
Pizza Hut has been named the number one national pizza chain in America according to Restaurants & Institutions' "2001 Choice in Chains" survey. Pizza Hut is the recognized leader of $25 billion pizza category and has been since 1987.
Building the leading pizza company has required innovation, a commitment to quality, and a dedication to service and value. But perhaps as much as anything, it has taken the qualities of entrepreneurship, growth and leadership, which have characterized our business through more than four decades of success.