Raleigh Report

Where are they now? Raleigh’s retro Pizza Huts live on

The Pizza Hut on Hillsborough Street will be closing this summer, according to its landlord. That’s not much of a surprise – both Hillsborough Street and Pizza Hut franchises are forever in flux.

It is, however, a perfectly good excuse to ask a stupid question: What has become of the weird, trapezoid-roofed buildings that once housed the pizza Raleigh loved and/or tolerated?

The fate of these buildings really is a fascination for some people. The blog Used to Be a Pizza Hut keeps a crowd-sourced map of used-to-be-a-Pizza-Hut buildings (UTBAPHs, for short) across the world, including a handful in Raleigh.

Maybe it’s a longing for distinctive architecture in the strip-mall sea. Maybe it’s childhood nostalgia. While Yelp lists least two dozen Pizza Hut restaurants in the Wake County area, the old-school design is increasingly rare. Even the Hillsborough Street store is crammed into a plain shopping center slot.

Browse through the gallery attached to this post for a retrospective of some of Raleigh’s retro Pizza Huts. If you know of another, leave a comment.

The images and addresses of the stores were compiled from the Used to Be a Pizza Hut blog and Wake County property records. As it turns out, the Pizza Hut on Peace Street took a cultural turn, becoming a Starbucks with a nice wood bar. One of its companions went turncoat and became a Little Ceasars.

Pizza Hut’s regional office, by the way, hasn’t yet commented on the reported closing of its Hillsborough Street store.