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Nation's Longest-Operating Pizza Hut Restaurant Set to Close After 55 Years

A Google Maps photo of the Aggieville Pizza Hut Restaurant
A Google Maps photo of the Aggieville Pizza Hut Restaurant

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Pizza Hut in Manhattan that has been at its original location longer than any Pizza Hut in the nation will close this weekend in Manhattan. Company officials announced Tuesday the Pizza Hut in Manhattan's Aggieville will close at 11 pm Sunday. It began operating there in 1960. Employees at the restaurant were offered new jobs and all other Pizza Hut restaurants in the Manhattan region will remain open. Co-founder Bernie Butler said in a news release that the Aggieville location is closing because it is not designed to handle increasing preferences for delivery over dine-in service. Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by two Wichita State University students. After the original Pizza Hut in Wichita moved, the Manhattan location became the oldest still operating at its original site.

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