Local Pizza Huts close

Two local Pizza Hut locations have closed abruptly — and apparently permanently.

A voice recording at locations in Dyersville and Manchester as well as one of the two locations in Dubuque, indicated that the eateries have ceased operations.

“Thank you for calling Pizza Hut,” the message states. “We’re sorry, but this restaurant has closed. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

One of the restaurants will remain open on University Avenue in Dubuque.

The sudden closures are apparently linked to the {span}bankruptcy of one of the chain’s largest franchisees.

NPC International filed for bankruptcy protection in July and confirmed last month that it would close up to 300 restaurants, although the specific timing and locations of those closures were not disclosed at that time.