Thursday, October 31, 2013
Loyal reader Brian R. risked life and limb clamoring across several lanes of busy traffic in the booming metropolis of Wenatchee, WA to snap this photo of Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill. Thanks, Brian. Keep those submissions coming.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Janie, the submitter, claims that this place is "actually surprisingly really tasty." I find her presuppositions upon which this review is based both insulting and lazy, but I will forgive her, since her Gmail account avatar that showed up in the email she sent was actually surprisingly really cute.
Although, it is high time that I made a proclamation, so here goes: banners tied to windows are not signs. Unless you are letting people know that you are still opening following a natural disaster, there is no excuse to have anything besides a sturdy, painted, mounted sign up. Backlighting preferred but not required.
Some paranoid Aussie (who prefers to remain nameless) submitted this one with the follow message:
I was a dishwasher and delivery boy when this was a Pizza Hut. The bins stank and crickets used to come up through the bathroom drains. Its current owners were very nervous about my smartphone snaps. To my knowledge, it's not illegal to take a photo of a building in South Australia, but they sent a guy out to question me who not-so-subtly committed my plates to memory.Well, paranoid Aussie, we commend your heroic efforts and we thank you for intelligently waiting until after dark to properly case this establishment for your impending crime spree.
He said they'd had a lot of break-ins lately, and then I felt bad. So, I went in to find the manager and explain. She said she had taken a picture of me to give to police!
Fair enough, I guess. I don't care that they thought I was a criminal, but I'm insulted they thought me dumb enough to take recon photos in broad daylight, from my own parked car, during business hours.
Let that be a lesson to the rest of you. It turns out the old Pizza Huts that we are photographing and mocking online are, themselves, photographing us, ostensibly for their own blog called "Used to be an Interesting Person."
Another day, another Pizza Hut turned Mexican place. Such a common occurrence at this point, that they may as well start just naming these places Spanish words that mean, "standard, commonplace, or normal." Maybe something like the Spanish word for "typical" would be good. OH WAIT, THAT IS WHAT IT IS!
I am sure this is a great place, and the income tax truck out front is probably also a great place to have your taxes done while you wait for your tostadas.
Thanks to Christoper for the submission.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I don't know if anything can top this. Found down in New Zealand, this UTBAPH (pronounced "utbaf," I hereby decree) entry is an absolute gem. This is the restaurant real estate equivalent of your wife leaving you for your brother. Sure, there are other pizza shops that open up in old Pizza Huts, but those aren't really major competitors to Pizza Hut, so it lacks the sting that this hermit crab shell swapping back stabbing Pepsi to Coke switching operation has, to mix like a gagillion metaphors.
Currently on Expedia trying to find the cheapest way to get to Palmerston North, NZ. I have to see this one in the flesh.
Many thanks to our good friend Nemo for the find.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
In my new series that I am calling "Places That Look Like They Could Have Used to Have Been Pizza Huts But Actually Were Not" (better name suggestions accepted), I would like to share one of my favorite pizza places of all time. Chesapeake Pizza in Great Bridge, VA was NEVER a Pizza Hut. Sure, it vaguely looks like it was one, but it was not. What it is, however, is delicious pizza and Greek salads (which always include the world's greatest crackers:
I try to hit this place whenever I am passing by on my way to the beach. Warning: cash only.
Consider this your lucky day, friends. This beautiful former Pizza Hut has recently been reduced in price, and can be had for the I-can't-believe-it-they-are-basically-giving-it-away price of $375k. This happens to be not very far from where I live, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. There used to be an amusement park (West View Park) on this very spot, so you are really getting a Used To Be A Pizza Hut that Used To Be An Amusement Park two-for-the-price-of-one deal here.
Think about the options. This could be an Orange Julius, one of those used clothing stores that the goth kids go to (are there still goth kids, or all they all emo now?). It could be a car wash, a church, a stable for goats and other small livestock. The list goes on and on.
The truth in advertising act commands that I show you a more recent photo of this fine establishment. As you can see, the branding is gone, as is the roof hump, and a paint job and overgrowth of bushes are trying to hide this place, as if in embarrassment. Sad, really.
Thanks to Fred for the submission. Now get out there and get a bid in on this place before it is too late!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I feel like I have actually been to this place. It was submitted by Azoraa.
The Jamestown Oven & Grill in Jamestown, NC removed the roof bump, added vertical shutters, and even planted some nice bushes out front to keep you from knowing about its dirty secret history slinging low quality pizza. Submitted by Jim.
Submitted by Adrian, this place allegedly remains unchanged inside from its former days as a Pizza Hut. I suspect that many of the former employees continued to work here before, during, and after the transition. Talk about convenient.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
"Don't worry, we stretched some hoses across the parking lot. This fire will be out in no time." - Some firefighter on his first day on the job.
Submitted by, you guessed it, Steve R.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
And last but not least from Steve R. is the Taj Express in Dallas, Texas. Signature window angles negate any attempt made at replacing the roof, although the exterior paint job is quite nice. I feel like this is a place I would actually check out if my travels ever brought me to Dallas.
Man, Steve R. is on a roll today. This next submission from our soon-to-be-best-friend Steve is Sewing World, located in beautiful Grapevine, Texas. Self-explanatory in purpose, Sewing World did a nice job removing the signature roof hump and covering up the hot, slick red roof with some good old fashioned composite shingle from the Home Depot. But the windows and the paneling below the window line tell us all we need to know about this beautiful specimen.
Someone found something to do with an old Pizza Hut that is even more irrelevant than an actual Pizza Hut. What is a "Washateria," you ask? And why are the two very prominent signs spelled differently?Well, that is all part of the charm and mystery of the Northwest Wash(a)teria in Dallas. Thanks for the submission, Steve R.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Good luck to whatever ends up here next.