Still Shining

Pizza Hut – 4250 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas U.S.A. – February 5, 2023

Pizza Hut – 4250 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas U.S.A. – February 5, 2023
Credit: Charles Hathaway (romleys) on Flickr
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This probably last of its kind sign featuring Pizza Hut Pete is still hanging on even though it is kept in excellent condition. For those that remember my previous post featuring this sign, Pizza Hut/Yum! Brands deducts points from this location during corporate inspections due to not having the latest sign. In his description of this photo, Charles Hathaway says it has closed its dining room due to not being able to hire enough employees (quite the common story these days in this rare era where workers somewhat have the upper hand).

On one hand, it worries me that Pizza Hut/Yum! Brands will use this as an excuse to finally get rid of these renegade owners that spend quite a bit of money to keep this old treasure alive for everybody to see. On the other hand, knowing that Pizza Hut is pushing to open smaller locations with nothing but drive-through service, maybe this location isn’t completely doomed.

Yes, I am well aware Pizza Hut doesn’t make the best pizza. The pan pizza that gave the chain new life in the 1980’s isn’t as good as it once was and the most recent return of the P’Zone was an abomination compared to the original. In an era when pizza is available even in the most rural of American areas thanks to small, specialized ovens, frankly, there are gas stations that make better pizza.

That being said, I’d still hate to see this last public display of Pizza Hut Pete in neon motion be sent to a museum, put in a private collection, or scrapped.

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