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What’s next for Corning’s Pizza Hut?

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Corning’s anticipated return of Pizza Hut has hit a snag, with the reopening process stalled due to pending plan revisions. Despite initial announcements in October about the pizza chain’s comeback after its closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 55 E. Pulteney St. location remains inactive. Work at the site began but was halted, leaving residents curious about the delay.

Officials said they’re awaiting revised architectural plans from Allegany Pizza LLC, the owners of Pizza Hut. The original plans, involving both interior and exterior alterations, encountered issues, leading to a request for revisions on November 29. A permit for further construction cannot be issued until these plans meet code enforcement standards, and an application for exterior alterations must be approved by the city’s planning commission.

The delay comes after contractors began work without a permit, which McDaniel attributed to a possible oversight, as they were not local. No fines were issued, and construction ceased upon request. Allegany Pizza LLC, which had planned an early 2024 reopening, has yet to submit the revised plans. Pizza Hut’s closure in 2020, part of a franchise bankruptcy that affected 16 other locations, has left Corning without the popular pizza outlet for several years.