Pizza Hut moves on Chestnut to new service model

September 15, 2013
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Rick Shrum / Observer-Reporter
A Pizza Hut pickup and delivery shop has opened in Jefferson Court Plaza, following the closure of a franchise store in North Franklin. Order a Print

Pizza Hut is following the maxim “One door closes and another opens” along West Chestnut Street.

The venerable franchise shut its restaurant at 1255 W. Chestnut, Canton Township, about a month ago. It has relocated, however, to Jefferson Court Plaza in the 100 block of West Chestnut in Washington.

But even though 11 employees have transferred from the old site to the new and the phone number – 724-228-3634 – is the same, this is a different incarnation of Pizza Hut. There is no sitdown dining at the Jefferson Court site, as there was in Canton. It is a delivery and carry-out site.

Kevin Lorence is the general manager of the new Pizza Hut, which opened about three weeks ago. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

The new shop is hiring drivers; candidates should go to or pick up a paper application inside.

The future of the closed shop hasn’t been determined. The trademark red roof is gone and Pizza Hut decor is being removed.

New diner coming

Carla Smith had wanted to own and operate a diner “for years and years.”

Now she is.

Smith is part-owner of Cee Tee’s Diner, which will open Tuesday at 2403 Jefferson Ave., in the Wolfdale section of Canton Township. It will seat an estimated 65 to 75 customers at a site that, she said, most recently was a diner, but has been unoccupied for years.

She has renovated it with the other owners, Tracey Ansell of Carmichaels and Smith’s brother, Butch Harps of Canton. Actually, make that owners/chefs, as all three will prepare meals.

“We have a country and western motif and we’ll serve 85 to 90 percent home-cooked meals,” said Smith, of Washington’s West End.

She said the owners will strive to foster “a family atmosphere with the best-quality food and service. We want people to feel welcome, and we welcome all feedback.”

Smith said Tuesday that work “was pretty much done. We’re waiting for a countertop to come in and a bathroom has to be completed” along with outdoor signage. Harps is making a wooden fence that will go with the western motif.

Smith said she has experience in restaurant management, an interest fueled when she was a teen waiting tables at Bird House Pizza, a local pizza/hoagie shop owned by her mother.

Program participant

Green Field Energy Services is an emerging voice in its industry. That voice will be heard loudly and clearly next week at the Shale Insight 2013 conference in Philadelphia.

The Monessen firm, which provides fracturing services for oil and gas drillers, will be one of 12 companies that will give a presentation at the Technology Showcase portion of the conference Sept. 24. Green Field, and the other 11 participants, will provide an eight-minute presentation about itself followed by a two-minute question-and-answer session.

The showcase, sponsored by Sumitomo Corp. of America, is considered a highlight of the conference, which will run Sept. 24-26 at Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Green Field, based in Lafayette, La., began operations in Monessen in June with more than 70 employees. It is the company’s first foray into Pennsylvania, and Marcellus Shale.

Louis Goodman has been named senior vice president of human resources at Monongahela Valley Hospital. He is transitioning into his new role working beside David E. Clark, who is retiring Oct. 5 after a 13-year career at MVH as the senior vice president of human resources. Prior to joining MVH, Goodman was most recently vice president of Human Resources for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital, and over his 30 years of professional experience, held similar positions with Robert Morris University, Weirton Medical Center and UPMC Montefiore (formerly Montefiore Hospital).

He holds a master’s of public health degree in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in health planing from Penn State University.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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