Restaurant chain Pizza Hut’s John Smith’s Stadium branch has reopened after a £350,000 makeover.
The fast food restaurant opened to diners at 5pm on Thursday after the revamp which took 11 days to complete.
The restaurant decor has undergone a radical change, evoking an Americana theme with post-war US style furniture and dogtooth patterned floor and bar tiles.
Favourites such as the all-you-can-eat salad bar are back alongside new features such as a cocktail and ‘mocktail’ (non-alcoholic) bar.
The menu has received a slight shake-up with ribs, barbecue pulled pork, waffles, cheesecakes, ice-creams and milk shakes.
The restaurant which previously employed 18 people, now employs 38 staff in its expanded form.
And the branch is looking for more.
Pizza Hut considers the John Smith’s Stadium branch a major earner, according to restaurant manager Gillian Lawton.
That’s why the American-founded company has invested so much in the premises.
Restaurant manager Gillian Lawton, whose favourite pizza is a Cajun Sizzler on a Cheesy Bites Base, said: “It’s an absolutely massive improvement on the previous restaurant.
“They ripped out everything leaving just four walls and spent £350,000 on it; that’s a major investment.
“To get such a refurbishment head office had to have faith in it.”
Pizza Hut was founded by brothers Dan Carney and Frank Carney in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958.
The oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut was in Manhattan, Kansas, before it closed in 2015.
Pizza Hut’s international portfolio includes chains in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
It also has restaurants in Japan, Qatar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Myanmar (Burma), and Macau.
In some Asian countries Pizza Hut is called Yum!