Pizza Hut in Tiffin is to reopen this weekend with anupdated look, under new ownership and management.
Pizza Hut recently closed to undergo an extensive remodel, and is to reopen with a style that Area Supervisor Randy Wilhelm calls "hometown decor."
The updated Pizza Hut, he said, will "look totally different," and is a blend of Pizza Hut-branded decor and various spotlighted items with a local focus, such as high school and college sports memorabilia and historical highlights from the city.
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The newly remodeled interior of Pizzza Hut will include some items of local interest, including photos and school banners.
Many of the interior changes, Wilhelm said, are aesthetic, focused on bringing Tiffin's Pizza Hut up-to-date with the restaurant chain's current look. Almost everything inside, he said, is new, from the tables and wall coverings to the flooring, decor, seating, plates and flatware. Among the additions, he said, are four flat-screen televisions, which will be placed throughout the restaurant for customers to watch sports and news while they eat.
A major goal of the remodel, he said, is to increase the comfort of Tiffin Pizza Hut customers, and the seating arrangement has been completely changed. While only two additional seats were added, he said, the seating in the restaurant is now more spacious, and will feel less crowded to customers.
In order to increase the space available inside for a more comfortable atmosphere, Wilhelm said, the buffet and salad bar no longer will be offered at the Tiffin location. Removing those two options, he said, helps Pizza Hut "make the majority of customers comfortable the majority of the time." While Wilhelm acknowledges some customers will miss the buffet and salad bar, he said the menu will offer a number of new choices, and the decision was "one of those give-and-takes."
Tiffin's Pizza Hut is to offer new wing choices, while additional sandwiches, pastas, salads and desserts have been added to the menu, Wilhelm said. The remodel included a change to the kitchen to allow for the addition of a Pizza Hut WingStreet, and three types of wings and eight sauces are to be available to customers. Wing fans will be able to choose from traditional wings, as well as crispy bone-in wings and crispy bone-out wings, he said. The menu also is to offer lunch combinations and value meals, and Wilhelm said customers will be able to eat for less than the cost of the buffet. Additional beer selections also are to be available.
The remodel included the addition of a small foyer as a carryout and drive-through window location, for the comfort of dine-in customers and the convenience of those picking up meals.
Wilhelm said Pizza Hut will be increasing its staff at the Tiffin location, and the number of people employed there "is probably going to double." He said hiring has begun, and will continue in phases as the restaurant reopens.
In addition to a new interior, customers will see a new look on the outside of the building.
The building has been changed, Wilhelm said, to reflect the new look of Pizza Hut, and features a new roof, paint and stone. Pizza Hut's traditional red roof has been changed to black, and will be highlighted by a red LED light. The updated roofline, he said, "looks really nice at night." Work on the parking lot is to be completed this spring.
Wilhelm said he hopes the remodel will be completed by this weekend. While most of the work is done, he said, finishing touches and final inspections still must be completed.
Tiffin's Pizza Hut is to host a grand opening celebration after the restaurant has been reopened for a couple of weeks, Wilhelm said.