Pizza Hut at 50

According to a news report from, “Dan and Frank Carney borrowed $600 from their mother 50 years ago and opened a small pizzeria in Kansas using secondhand equipment in what was once a bar.”

“The dream was to make enough pizzas to pay for college and earn a little money on the side for the family,” said the story. “That humble enterprise with a humble name — Pizza Hut — is now the world’s largest pizza chain, with $10 billion in annual sales and more than 11,000 stores worldwide. “We were able to build something from nothing,” Dan Carney said, recalling the hardscrabble early days and that first pizzeria in Wichita, Kan., which opened 50 years ago Saturday.”

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