Pizza Hut/Exciting New Development Coming Soon – Woonona, NSW

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Why Pizza Hut, I didn’t recognise you without your signature red (or green) roof and 70s decor. What were you going for here?

Woonona is notable for being the site of the first attempted landing on Australian soil by Captain James Cook in 1770. Rough seas prevented that landing, and he was forced to sail on to Botany Bay.

Pizza Hut don’t appear to have faced such conditions. Woonona’s original Pizza Hut was apparently only ever a take-away affair, with locals missing out on the eat-in experience. This meant that locals also missed out on sneezed-on salad bars, cold pizzas sitting out all day and a wide variety of leftovers fused to poorly washed plates. You’ve really gotta feel for the Woononians.

What’s interesting about this Pizza Hut is how even back in the day, when the Hut was building its trademarked eat-in restaurants all over Australia, they didn’t deem this area – between Wollongong and the Sutherland Shire – a viable enough zone to bother, instead taking over whatever this building was (possibly a panelbeater by the look of it?) and decking it out Hut-style. Why does Hut-style involve such indelible signage? A mystery for the ages…

Now, I’d like to stop proceedings right here to draw a valid comparison. I just can’t keep it bottled up inside any longer. I’ve always felt that the original, superior Pizza Hut logo:

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reminded me of another glorious former logo:

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…while the Hut’s new branding:

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is to me highly reminiscent of that other organisation’s new standard:

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Am I wrong? Is it mere coincidence, or is there some larger conspiracy at work? You bloody well decide, I’m not here to do your thinking for you!

The Hut had moved on by 2008 at the latest, and after a long time on the market, the building is now in the capable hands of the guys who were inside renovating and giving me funny looks the day I took the above photo. What, you’ve never seen a dude taking a photo of an old Pizza Hut before?

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6 responses

  1. Looking at the fully tiled facade….
    They don’t do that anymore….
    Thanks for the story

  2. it is true that the old pizza hut logo was much better but its not the original logo but the second of 3 logo’s in there history the second comeing in around 1975-1976 when pepsico took ownership till 1999 when pepsico spun off pizza hut and kfc to tricon now yum the first use to have pizza hut pete as part of the logo

  3. and yes the facade of some of the original take away stores had red tiles like the kitchens walls in the dine in’s

  4. home of the notorious bikie gang, the Woonona Riders

  5. when my parents fist home was in merrylands ,I remember my mother and I taking a long walk to go to the shop to get milk bread and eggs ,to veyr similar shop like that one.. we lived on the main road .WOODVILLE ROAD…
    PS..not far from us was the first KFC..SHOP TO OPEN IN AUSTRALIA..N MERRY LANDS ON WOODVILLE ROAD IT HAD THE WEATHER VAINE CHICKEN AND THE RED ROOF TOP… IT WAS A COME IN ORDER STORE..

  6. Damn I’ve never noticed that before! Pizza Hut have opened a new take away-delivery on a corner in the main drag of shops about 50m down the road from that one. No idea what the exciting new development is though.

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