One of Wichita’s favorite sons has passed away. Frank, with his brother, Dan, was the co-founder of Pizza Hut. In 1958, they borrowed $800 from their mother to open a pizza restaurant in an empty building. Of course, it was a success. They started the first pizza franchise (Topeka). They also, for the first time, delivered pizzas from their Aggieville (near Kansas State University’s campus) location.
How did they come up with the name? It was all the letters that would fit on the sign!
They later moved the very first Pizza Hut building to the Wichita State University campus as a symbol of entrepreneurship. From time to time, Frank and Dan taught business seminars there. Both spent their lives in Wichita where Dan still lives.
Rest in peace, Frank!