9 Local Pizza Huts Rescued From Closure

CHICAGO (CBS) — Employees celebrated at a South Side Pizza Hut Tuesday, after it was announced that a number of restaurants in danger of closing will remain open after all.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, a Pizza Hut at 47th Street and Damen Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood is one of nine that was slated to close, but will now stay open.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition helped broker the deal that will keep the Pizza Huts open. The restaurants employ 250 people.

“They are to serve pizzas first and eat pizzas second,” Jackson said as the celebration began.

Under the deal, the firm JDJ Management will operate the restaurants. Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH brought JDJ together with Fifth Third Bank to rescue the restaurants.

“The banking situation is so screwed up right now, we were very happy that it came to pass,” said Lewis James of JDJ Management. “They’re great jobs, because everyone has to have a job. Everybody can’t have a Ph.D. it’s a stepping stone.”

James said the nine restaurants had all been owned by Pizza Hut, and as the company was trying to make a decision what to do, “we became their solution.”

  • L

    What wonderful news for the employees and their families!

  • Mike

    As a person who use to work for Pizza Hut..No one at the corporate especially David Novak knows what there doing.

  • Chivi

    I hope it was legite and does not come out to be another story of someone paying someone lots of money and they close in the end.

  • Gabe

    People are dying and getting shot by the dozens every week , and this big big jerk is worried about f pizzas. What an ass. I just don’t get Jesse’s priorities. Unbelievable. HEY JESSE YOUR PEOPLE ARE BEING MASSACRED ON THE SOUTH AND WEST SIDE . WHERE ARE YOU?????????

  • Jim Hamilton

    Well I’ll never eat from another PIZZA HUT

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