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What happened to Pizza Hut dine in locations?


#1 ITDEFX   My foot itches..must be athlete's foot CAGiversary!   17256 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:19 AM

Lately I have been noticing local Pizza Hut dine in locations (you know with the pizza and salad bars) around here in Northern VA have shut down. The noticeable red roof top now light blue. Now I haven't been to a pizza hut in years and I haven't seen any information about HQ shutting down any dine in locations.
I did google it and read that some locations have a rat problem but that's in NY... is this true of all locations?

Yes I know other pizza is better, but I am just curious to know what has happened.

#2 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:28 AM

whatever happened to credibility? the milkman? the telephone? and evening TV?

ill tell you what happened to Pizza Hut's dine in locations:

laziness

i used to go to dinner with my friends and family to pizza hut all the time, but no one ever wants to go anymore because they'd rather get delivery

maybe its not as popular

but you can still find dine in locations (just not as popular as they used to be)

#3 Halo05   DJ Roomba CAGiversary!   7924 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:30 AM

Go find a Pizza Hut Bistro, their Buffalo Chicken pizza is freaking awesome.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:34 AM

Go find a Pizza Hut Bistro, their Buffalo Chicken pizza is freaking awesome.


oh my god, buffalo chicken pizza is the best pizza EVER

#5 getmeoutofjoliet   noob CAGiversary!   5510 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:39 AM

" What ever happend to predictability?
The milk man, the paper boy, evening T.V
You miss your old familar friends, but
waiting just around the bend.

Everywhere you look (everywhere)
There's a heart (there's a heart)
A hand to hold on to.
Everywhere you look (everywhere)
There's a face of somebody who needs you.

When you're lost out there and your all alone
A light is waiting to carry you home
Everywhere you look."


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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:40 AM

" What ever happend to predictability?
The milk man, the paper boy, evening T.V
You miss your old familar friends, but
waiting just around the bend.

Everywhere you look (everywhere)
There's a heart (there's a heart)
A hand to hold on to.
Everywhere you look (everywhere)
There's a face of somebody who needs you.

When you're lost out there and your all alone
A light is waiting to carry you home
Everywhere you look."


its been 10 years

dont judge me

#7 getmeoutofjoliet   noob CAGiversary!   5510 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:43 AM

its been 10 years

dont judge me



My little brother, for some odd reason, loves that show. I know that song anywhere. :lol:


#8 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:47 AM

My little brother, for some odd reason, loves that show. I know that song anywhere. :lol:


yea, everytime someone says "whatever happened to....."

thats the only thing i think of

i suck at the lyrics though, never remember the correct words

#9 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:53 AM

whatever happened to credibility? the milkman? the telephone? and evening TV?


Whatever happened to old values and fine morals and good breeding? Now, no one even says "oops" when they're passing their gas.


ill tell you what happened to Pizza Hut's dine in locations:

laziness

i used to go to dinner with my friends and family to pizza hut all the time, but no one ever wants to go anymore because they'd rather get delivery


The last few times I've been in dine-in locations (my son looooves Pizza Hut) it's been terrible. They always forget something, typically the breadsticks. The pizza is either scalding or lukewarm. Uncomfortable seating, awful fluorescent lights, and pixillated HDTVs. Toppings are awful, scant and not distributed well. It's clear that delivery is what they pay attention to; everything else is an afterthought. I'd honestly rather eat in Chuck E. Cheese.

The only nice one is a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, but those are even more hit and miss. The closest one of those to me is just horrible. Constant wrong orders, long waits, and a cramped and ugly restaurant.

I was in a dine-in Pizza Hut in Indiana once, which was totally the opposite. Food was good, atmosphere was nice, and it seemed like they actually cared about your presence.

They probably closed that one.

#10 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:12 AM

Whatever happened to old values and fine morals and good breeding? Now, no one even says "oops" when they're passing their gas.


The last few times I've been in dine-in locations (my son looooves Pizza Hut) it's been terrible. They always forget something, typically the breadsticks. The pizza is either scalding or lukewarm. Uncomfortable seating, awful fluorescent lights, and pixillated HDTVs. Toppings are awful, scant and not distributed well. It's clear that delivery is what they pay attention to; everything else is an afterthought. I'd honestly rather eat in Chuck E. Cheese.

The only nice one is a Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, but those are even more hit and miss. The closest one of those to me is just horrible. Constant wrong orders, long waits, and a cramped and ugly restaurant.

I was in a dine-in Pizza Hut in Indiana once, which was totally the opposite. Food was good, atmosphere was nice, and it seemed like they actually cared about your presence.

They probably closed that one.


Read the whole thread and you'll know what i meant by the first part of my first post

jeez, i just like pizza at pizza hut...but i guess you ruined that for me too

#11 rcannon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   417 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:35 AM

The ones here in the Philadelphia, PA area disappeared also. We used to have three different sit down locations in my neck of the woods, the one is a Mexican restraunt now, another is an expensive Italian place, and the last was tore down to make way for another bank. We still have two Pizza Hut/Wing Street delievery places however.

#12 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:36 AM

The ones here in the Philadelphia, PA area disappeared also. We used to have three different sit down locations in my neck of the woods, the one is a Mexican restraunt now, another is an expensive Italian place, and the last was tore down to make way for another bank. We still have two Pizza Hut/Wing Street delievery places however.


come to Allentown

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:51 AM

Allentown has everything doesn't it? I go up to Dorney on a weekly basis when they are open and it's amazing to me how much better the shopping is in the area and the prices are better than in the Philadelphia area.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:53 AM

Allentown has everything doesn't it? I go up to Dorney on a weekly basis when they are open and it's amazing to me how much better the shopping is in the area and the prices are better than in the Philadelphia area.


http://youtube.com/watch?v=K62DdoFoNeg

#15 lokizz   Go $$$$ Yourself CAGiversary!   10104 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 11:20 AM

dining at a pizza hutt is a dead tradition. that was back in the day when pizza was a treat and most places didnt deliver. i blame dominoes for the death of dining at pizza hutt. man there was nothing better than thick hott slabs of peperoni pizza, glass after glass of cold frosty pepsi and centipede. lots and lots of centipede. and youd end the night with some of those little pastel colored round candies.


last time i actually went to dine in at a pizza hutt the peopel there actually looked surprised we showed up to eat there. mind you this was like 1pm so oyoud think thered be a lunch rush but nope the place was empty and most of the table had boxes stacked on them. reminded me of that scene in the goonies when they go into the restaurant.

#16 jaykrue   Professor Of Pimpology CAGiversary!   8592 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 03:26 PM

dining at a pizza hutt is a dead tradition. that was back in the day when pizza was a treat and most places didnt deliver. i blame dominoes for the death of dining at pizza hutt. man there was nothing better than thick hott slabs of peperoni pizza, glass after glass of cold frosty pepsi and centipede. lots and lots of centipede. and youd end the night with some of those little pastel colored round candies.


last time i actually went to dine in at a pizza hutt the peopel there actually looked surprised we showed up to eat there. mind you this was like 1pm so oyoud think thered be a lunch rush but nope the place was empty and most of the table had boxes stacked on them. reminded me of that scene in the goonies when they go into the restaurant.


Agreed. But I wouldn't place the blame solely on Dominoes. It's a combination of factors. You've got the internet, which, like the /pizza command in EverQuest II, made pizza delivery convenient & people lazy. Then you've got cheaper, bigger flat screen tvs (plasma, lcd, etc.) so movie night is more fun & inexpensive at home rather than going out to a theater where they charge you an arm, a leg and the soul of your firstborn. Also, since gas is getting up in there in price, it's also more cost effective for the corporation to absorb transportation costs since they can presumably make that money back unlike a family of four who probably won't see a monetary return on that pizza. I think most fast food places (including Pizza Hut) will eventually phase out the dining in portion and just become drive throughs.

#17 blandstalker   I am Irrelevant Bitching CAGiversary!   2599 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:03 PM

Read the whole thread and you'll know what i meant by the first part of my first post


I did read the whole thread. Oh noes, I quoted a different song. I guess I have no class.

jeez, i just like pizza at pizza hut...but i guess you ruined that for me too


Well, good. Now my day is made. The entire point of my post was to talk about the low quality of Pizza Hut's pizza, and obviously had nothing to do with why their restaurants are now typically unpleasant experiences.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:04 PM

whatever happened to credibility? the milkman? the telephone? and evening TV?

*cold shiver*

#19 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:15 PM

*cold shiver*


I KNOW I MESSED UP!!!! IT WAS A MISTAKE!!!!

#20 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:17 PM

I did read the whole thread. Oh noes, I quoted a different song. I guess I have no class.



Well, good. Now my day is made. The entire point of my post was to talk about the low quality of Pizza Hut's pizza, and obviously had nothing to do with why their restaurants are now typically unpleasant experiences.


touché

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:21 PM

I did google it and read that some locations have a rat problem but that's in NY... is this true of all locations?


Yes. Every single Pizza Hut has a rat problem.

#22 VanillaGorilla   Shark Barber CAGiversary!   5521 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:42 PM

Here in MN, I still see more Dine in Pizza Hut locations than strictly delivery ones. I used to go to one in Austin, MN, but as soon as they got rid of their lunch buffet, I stopped going.

Plus, dining in at a place like this is almost always going to be more expensive, since there are hardly ever any "dine in" specials, and you can't use coupons. Everything you order is menu price, and with Pizza Hut, if you don't have a coupon or get a deal, it's going to be ridiculously expensive and a huge ripoff.

#23 becuzimbrown   Very popular in the OTT. CAGiversary!   7896 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:20 PM

Here in MN, I still see more Dine in Pizza Hut locations than strictly delivery ones. I used to go to one in Austin, MN, but as soon as they got rid of their lunch buffet, I stopped going.

Plus, dining in at a place like this is almost always going to be more expensive, since there are hardly ever any "dine in" specials, and you can't use coupons. Everything you order is menu price, and with Pizza Hut, if you don't have a coupon or get a deal, it's going to be ridiculously expensive and a huge ripoff.


Thats true. My friend always had to print out coupons, and since he can't find any coupons online anymore, he stopped going

#24 Jay   Free and Fearless CAGiversary!   1617 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:50 PM

At least you have delivery they shut down our local pizza hut entirely so now why are just stuck with dominos.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:07 PM

Agreed. But I wouldn't place the blame solely on Dominoes. It's a combination of factors. You've got the internet, which, like the /pizza command in EverQuest II, made pizza delivery convenient & people lazy. Then you've got cheaper, bigger flat screen tvs (plasma, lcd, etc.) so movie night is more fun & inexpensive at home rather than going out to a theater where they charge you an arm, a leg and the soul of your firstborn. Also, since gas is getting up in there in price, it's also more cost effective for the corporation to absorb transportation costs since they can presumably make that money back unlike a family of four who probably won't see a monetary return on that pizza. I think most fast food places (including Pizza Hut) will eventually phase out the dining in portion and just become drive throughs.


A nice theory, but completely overthrown by a lack of downward trends in box office takes for movies (so people aren't staying away from theaters, as implied by the "you can get the inexpensive night at home" argument), in addition to people continuing to use more and more fuel - we're sure as shit not driving any less or using less oil than we used to (even when not considering countries like China). Just the US. We're still spending on stuff, just not dine-in Pizza Hut.

I think VG is onto something with coupons. At any rate, if the "people aren't spending as much money" argument held true, you would see widespread declines in restaurants, rather than a decline in one particular type of one particular chain. Moreover, the successful chains that have emerged in the past decade or so (Papa John's, Donatos, others I'm sure) have (in my experience) rarely included dine-in areas of their storefronts. They're almost all del/cos. I think that (this is pure opinion) "pizza" is no longer a "dining out" food. Related to your suggestion, jaykrue, people aren't dining in...but that's not because of the economy, but a pizza dinner just ain't something to sit around a table and eat. Not any more. It's something to grab, throw on a paper plate, ignore your company at home, and rally 'round the modern American cultural centerpiece, the TV, and watch the big game. So, there's (IMO) the cultural element that pizza = food, but pizza =/= meal, as well as the conditioning via coupons that you're getting shafted by dining in - not only do you have to pay full price, but you have to tip on that as well!

All that said: http://www.theonion....tent/node/34832

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:21 PM

A nice theory, but completely overthrown by a lack of downward trends in box office takes for movies (so people aren't staying away from theaters, as implied by the "you can get the inexpensive night at home" argument), in addition to people continuing to use more and more fuel - we're sure as shit not driving any less or using less oil than we used to (even when not considering countries like China). Just the US. We're still spending on stuff, just not dine-in Pizza Hut.

I think VG is onto something with coupons. At any rate, if the "people aren't spending as much money" argument held true, you would see widespread declines in restaurants, rather than a decline in one particular type of one particular chain. Moreover, the successful chains that have emerged in the past decade or so (Papa John's, Donatos, others I'm sure) have (in my experience) rarely included dine-in areas of their storefronts. They're almost all del/cos. I think that (this is pure opinion) "pizza" is no longer a "dining out" food. Related to your suggestion, jaykrue, people aren't dining in...but that's not because of the economy, but a pizza dinner just ain't something to sit around a table and eat. Not any more. It's something to grab, throw on a paper plate, ignore your company at home, and rally 'round the modern American cultural centerpiece, the TV, and watch the big game. So, there's (IMO) the cultural element that pizza = food, but pizza =/= meal, as well as the conditioning via coupons that you're getting shafted by dining in - not only do you have to pay full price, but you have to tip on that as well!

All that said: http://www.theonion....tent/node/34832

Plus, if I am going to dine in at a pizza place, it's going to be one a lot better than frickin' Pizza Hut.

#27 mykevermin   Queen of Scotland CAGiversary!   37011 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 06:35 PM

Or, y'know, put food in your mouth in general.

Maybe I'll go get Dewey's for dinner tonight, come to think of pizza.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 07:16 PM

I go to Pizza Hut buffets regularly.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 07:21 PM

I go to Pizza Hut buffets regularly.

fatty:booty:

#30 flowery   Abbey Road CAGiversary!   5983 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 03 November 2007 - 07:30 PM

fatty:booty:


Nope, I have weighed 165 lbs for 5 years. I am just a college student so $6 all you can eat pizza is fantastic (they have salad as well you know).