The great salad towers of Pizza Hut

A towering tribute to human ingenuity and salad bar hacking

Jason Prowd mentioned in his post on Boost last week that operating single-purpose food outlets was a tough business – but one area that does better than most is pizza, although perhaps not in China.

Pizza Huts, for example, are seen as upmarket sit-down restaurants in China – well they have to try to be upmarket to get away with their ridiculous prices. Five years ago I took a brief stroll into a Chinese Pizza Hut, saw the 100 yuan (roughly $18) large pizzas and I walked straight out.

But in my haste I missed one of the wonders of human ingenuity (so my weekend internet browsing tells me). Back in the day it cost 32 yuan (roughly $6) for a one-time use of the salad bar and, to add insult to injury, you could only use one bowl.

With limited horizontal space, the obvious solution was to build upwards – and so the great salad towers of Pizza Hut were born.

Salad Tower 1

Salad Tower 2

Tragically Pizza Hut closed its Chinese salad bars in 2009 due to excessive losses.  Though if anyone feels inspired to build one, here is a detailed set of instructions.

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