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Pizza Planet still in orbit

Brothers celebrate 50 years running local restaurant

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Denny Hughes, left, and his younger brother Don Hughes stand behind the counter of the Pizza Planet restaurant, which they have continuously owned and operated for 50 years. ABOVE: The Pizza Planet, Bellefontaine’s oldest restaurant, is located at 729 Rush Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Long before the days of fast food and large chain restaurants, two brothers decided to take over a pizza and sandwich shop to serve the blue collar residents and motorists passing through the city on U.S. Route 33.

 

And 50 years later the brothers continue to operate Bellefontaine’s oldest restaurant.

“It just seems like yesterday,” Don Hughes, 76, said as he and his older brother Denny, 80, reflected on the past half century from behind the counter of the Pizza Planet on a lazy Thursday afternoon.

 

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