The Nation’s Oldest Pizza Hut Is Closing After 55 Years
The location, on 1121 Moro Street in the commercial district of Manhattan, Kansas, known as Aggieville, opened in 1960. Bernie Butler, owner of the restaurant, told the Journal, “This was the toughest decision I’ve had to make in my life, but we finally had to acknowledge that the financial side of the business outweighed the history of the place.”
Butler owns several Pizza Huts in the area, and all workers at this location have jobs lined up at his other businesses. He told the Journal that over time, the pizza business shifted from dine-in to take-out, and the Aggieville location was not designed to handle a lot of delivery orders.
Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 in Wichita, although its first outpost has since closed. The Aggieville location will officially close its doors at 11:00 p.m.