Pizza Hut has plans to open seven new locations in South Africa this year. According to Nation's Restaurant News, the pizza chain is re-entering the country after a six-year absence. The company used to have dine-in locations around South Africa but closed them back in 2008: Acknowledging the lack of sit-down customers six years ago, the new locations will place an emphasis on the "delivery and to-go business." A Pizza Hut spokesperson notes in a statement that the company considers "South Africa to be a stepping stone into the rest of the continent." The chain has plans to open locations in Namibia, Angola, and Zambia "over the next year."
The first new South African location opens tomorrow in Johannesburg and it features "modern design, digital menu boards, and free Wi-Fi for guests, as well as online ordering and delivery." The menu offerings also feature items geared towards local tastes, including toppings like boerewors (a local sausage) and "pizza made with peri-peri sauce." Both sound infinitely better than other regional options, like pies topped with marshmallow and caramel and pork taco fillings.