Rochester's Pizza Hut restaurant along U.S. 52 North is expected to start cooking again today, following its renovation.
The 28-year-old brick restaurant at 2001 U.S. 52 North Frontage Road has been closed for about five weeks for a major overhaul that cost at least $168,000, according to building records.
When the doors re-open today, customers will find more than just the look is different. The pizza restaurant now offers delivery and table service. It previously was a dine-in/pick-up only place.
"We wanted to update the current restaurant and add delivery to its dine-in service," said Doug Prickett.
Prickett is the director of Minnesota operations for the owner, San Antonio, Texas-based Muy Brands. The employees remained on the payroll and worked at the two other Rochester Pizza Hut locations while it was closed for construction.
Pizza Hut's delivery-only location at 1105 Seventh St. N.W. is closing with U.S. 52 spot's addition of delivery.
Muy Brands, one of the largest Pizza Hut franchisees in the U.S., acquired the three Rochester Pizza Huts as part of the purchase deal with Sky Ventures of Golden Valley. Sky Ventures sold 54 Pizza Huts to Muy at the end of last year.
The sale of Rochester's U.S. 52 restaurant closed in January for $986,733.
Pizza Hut is not the only eatery on that stretch of frontage road that has changes on the menu.
The Rochester City Council OKed fire hydrant connections to serve a to-be-constructed new McDonald's this week. The new restaurant, which is being built along West Circle Drive by Costco, will replace the current one on the frontage road by Pizza Hut.
Once the new restaurant is complete, the old store will close. Until then, it will remain open.