WICHITA, Kan - A museum dedicated to the history of the Pizza Hut franchise opened Wednesday in the building that housed the first Pizza Hut restaurant. The building was recently moved to the Innovation Campus at Wichita State University, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open the new museum.
Pizza Hut founder Dan Carney and his wife Gayla donated most of their collection of memorabilia for the 500-square-foot building. Carney said "Seeing that little building, so full of memories, on the WSU campus is humbling." Carney and his brother Frank opened their first Pizza Hut in 1958 in a small building at the corner of Kellogg and Bluff. A year later, they expanded into franchising and sold the restaurant chain to PepsiCo for $300 million in 1977.
The WSU Foundation began the project in 2016 to relocate the original Pizza Hut restaurant to the Innovation Campus and convert it into a museum.
The museum will open to the public on April 30th and it will be open during set hours and for group tours arranged in advance.