Pizza Hut signage
Pizza Hut's Name Was Made Out Of Convenience
By Lauren Wood
When Frank and Dan Carney founded Pizza Hut, all they had to their name was $600 they had borrowed, so the chain’s name simply came from the cards that were dealt to them.
The name was devised in 1958 because the Carney brothers needed a name for their pizza shop that fit the eight-letter limitation on the store's original sign.
It proved to be an easy, uncomplicated name that communicated exactly what the restaurant was to customers.
While the Hut was actually more of a tiny brick house, the title ultimately fit their sizing constraints, and the restaurant's simple essence stuck.