There are more than 11,000 Pizza Hut locations in 94 countries around the world. That’s a whole lot of cheap pizza, often handed to you over a counter in a food court, airport, or other nondescript, soulless location. But there was a time when Pizza Hut was a restaurant, with chairs that weren’t bolted down, cold beer on tap, and buildings with a distinctive red roof.
Oh sure, there are still some of those to be found, and the company has experimented with an “upscale bistro” motiff. But they are the exception for a chain that long ago embraced delivery and “express” locations. That got photographer Ho Hai Tran and creative director Chloe Cahill wondering what ever happened to all those red-roofed buildings with their old-school white signs.
“As a child growing up in New Zealand during the ‘90s, the local Pizza Hut was a place of wonder. A world of red-checked tablecloths, pizza by the slice and an endless supply of soft serve. When I was eight, the ‘Book It’ program offered me a clear path to all of the pizza, garlic bread and jelly cubes my heart desired,” Tran writes in the Kickstarter for a book version of a project he’s called Pizza Hunt.