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Dan and Frank Carney

Pizza Hut Pete

Creators of Pizza Hut.  Dan, 1931-  Frank, 1938-

The name Pizza Hut has nearly become a generic word for good, fast pizza—pick up and delivery. Pizza Huts were established 50 years ago in Wichita, Kansas.

Dan and Frank Carney established the first pizzeria in 1958 at the request of a landlord who had an unrented building. The two college students borrowed $600 from their mother and opened a beer a pizza restaurant for students. They purchased used equipment and decided to serve pizza to their customers.

The recipe for the Carney's early pizza dough was "a handful of this and a handful of that" all mixed together. As business improved they developed their own special recipe.

The choice proved to popular and the next year the first franchise opened in Topeka. By 1964 the Carneys had developed a branding for the Pizza Huts, establishing the familiar huts with red roofs that we know today. The brothers sold their interest in Pizza Hut in 1977. Manhattan, Kansas is the home of the oldest continuously operating Pizza Hut.

Entry: Carney, Dan and Frank

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: March 2008

Date Modified: June 2011

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