Like a bad hair stylist, Pizza Hut has decided to give you something you didn't ask for: A single slice of Pizza Hut pizza. Two of the pizza chain's restaurants, one in Nebraska and one in Rhode Island, will begin to offer pizza by the slice on Tuesday, testing out a new format idea borrowed from New York City's finest (and not-so-finest) pizzerias.
"We're seeing the trends for quick and ready products," Carrie Walsh, Pizza Hut's chief marketing officer, explained to the AP. The "quick and ready products" she is referring to is quick serve joints like Chipotle, which can give you an inexpensive made-to-order
1 lb. food comas burrito in just minutes. In October, The Wall Street Journal reported that Chipotle's profits jumped 15 percent. That kind of money is obviously something companies want, especially Pizza Hut's parent company, Yum Brands Inc., which had its 11-year profit growth streak snapped in the same month Chipotle revealed its good fortune.
Things are going so well, in fact, that the Mexican chain is getting into the pizza biz. They recently launched a spin-off restaurant called Pizzeria Locale, that offers custom-made pies that can be cooked and served in under two minutes.