"With the introduction of Tuscani Pastas last year and the expansion of our WingStreet wing concept at hundreds of Pizza Hut locations, there's a lot more than just pizza at Pizza Hut," says Pat Murtha, chief operating officer of Pizza Hut. "While as a company we'll always be known as Pizza Hut, the contemporary new look of our restaurant reflects our expanding menu, while keeping our overall restaurant feel fresh and contemporary."
"In these challenging times, we are excited and appreciative that Pizza Hut has chosen Jacksonville to invest over $5 million in the revitalizations of its local restaurants," says Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton. "Capital investments help ensure the future viability of small businesses and large companies during any economic downturn and I am pleased that Pizza Hut's commitment will benefit all of its patrons in the local area."
Pizza Hut is renovating all of the restaurants in the Jacksonville market, including seven dine-in restaurants and 23 delivery and carryout-only restaurants. Renovations began in Jacksonville in March and are scheduled to be complete by September. Changes that area-pizza fans will notice will include: bold, energetic graphics; redesigned dine-in and delivery and carryout restaurants; and the updated menu that includes Tuscani Pastas and WingStreet wings.
Jacksonville is the model market for the re-design of Pizza Hut restaurants. Pizza Hut plans to introduce the new look that debuted in Jacksonville to additional markets in the future.
"Jacksonville is a great market for us," Murtha said. "We are proud to be a part of the community and we thank our customers who have been Pizza Hut loyalists for decades. These upgrades in the market reflect our desire to stay relevant so that families can enjoy our pizzas, pastas and wings for years to come."