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West Ellicott, Dunkirk Pizza Hut Locations Permanently Close

Pictured is the former Pizza Hut location in West Ellicott. The company confirmed this week that Pizza Huts across Western New York had permanently closed. P-J photo by Jay Young

Even though New York state always permitted takeout since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Pizza Hut restaurants in both Dunkirk and West Ellicott closed. Then after the state OK’d inside restaurant dining, they remained closed.

Now it appears they’re not going to reopen anytime soon.

On Wednesday, Pizza Hut issued a statement to local media outlets confirming the restaurants’ closure.

“As a result of 17 Pizza Hut dine-in restaurants in Western New York initially closing temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local franchisee made the decision to permanently close these stores. However, Pizza Hut has new franchisees coming into the New York region, and we are hopeful we will be able to serve our customers in this area again in the future.”

Besides Dunkirk and West Ellicott, other Pizza Hut stores remaining closed include Bath, Batavia, Blasdell, Cheektowaga, Corning, Depew, Elmira, Hamburg, Kenmore, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean, Yorkshire, Hornell and Amherst.

In 2014, Pizza Hut relocated from Route 60 in the town of Pomfret to the town of Dunkirk in the Vineyard Plaza across from Tops. It had been on Route 60 for more than 30 years.

Also in 2014, Pizza Hut closed its Foote Avenue, Jamestown site and heavily remodeled its West Ellicott branch, expanding the kitchen and heating system. The West Ellicott restaurant just recently took its signs down.

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