Slice of the action: new franchisees optimistic as Pizza Hut re-eopens

REOPENING DAY: Chirag Desai, Pranav and Dhruv Patel  at yesterday’s opening of Pizza Hut Orange on Bathurst Road. Photo: STEVE GOSCH     0526sgpizzahut2

REOPENING DAY: Chirag Desai, Pranav and Dhruv Patel at yesterday’s opening of Pizza Hut Orange on Bathurst Road. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0526sgpizzahut2

ORANGE’S Pizza Hut dine-in restaurant re-opened on Monday with new franchisee Dhruv Patel planning to return the venue to its former glory.

Mr Patel, who will run the operation with his brother Pranav Patel, says he’s put a lot of money into refurbishing the Bathurst Road operation, which will offer an all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal.

“It looks fresh, with a new design,” he said.

“We’ve also put in a lot of new equipment including a new ice cream machine.”

Dhruv Patel said he was excited to take on his second Pizza Hut store, after already owning one in Moorebank, Sydney.

“I have been with the brand for close to a decade, working my way up from a delivery driver to today, the franchisee of two stores,” he said.

“It really is a dream come true.”

Dhruv Patel said he and his brother have friends in Orange and Dubbo so they were happy to relocate to the area.

“We have been looking for an opportunity to expand with the brand, and the idea of taking on a dine-in store was an exciting challenge we could not refuse,” he said.

“To be offered this kind of variety within a franchised business is unique. We are taking on a whole new challenge.”

Pizza Hut’s head of development Andy Masood said the brothers were the perfect fit for the job.

“Orange is very lucky to have these two, we know they’ll deliver on every count,” Mr Masood said.

Pizza Hut Orange closed in February while owners looked for a new franchisee to take over the troubled business that appeared on the NSW Food Authority’s Name and Shame register in 2012.

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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