Pizza Hut is cleaning up after Boston Market.
Tricon Global Restaurants Inc., Pizza Hut's parent company, is retooling a former Boston Market restaurant at 600 W. 23rd into a new pizza place as part of its ongoing "Main Path" program.
The new restaurant will allow the company to close two old, undersized units: a restaurant at 1606 W. 23rd and a kitchen-only location at 2449 Iowa.
The move already was in the works in September, when Pizza Hut closed its original Lawrence restaurant at 606 Iowa and a delivery shop at 1008 W. Sixth.
Pizza Hut consolidated the operations into a new, larger store at 4651 W. Sixth, featuring modified dine-in service -- counter service, no wait staff and several tables -- along with carry-out and delivery service.
"It's happening all over the country," said Tom Kemp, property manager for Tricon, after the closure of 606 Iowa. "We're trying to consolidate the stores, to where we might reduce the total stores in the area but increase their efficiency."
A month ago Shamrock Development took out a building permit to remodel the former Boston Market, a job estimated to cost $200,000. The restaurant closed in October 1998 when Boston Market filed for bankruptcy protection, 14 months after the Lawrence location opened.
The permit expires May 30.
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