After more than four decades, the Pizza Hut restaurant in the Union District of Endicott has been shut down.

The Pizza Hut at 207 East Main Street was the last traditional dine-in restaurant of the national chain in the region.

The salad bar area and tables remained inside the closed Pizza Hut restaurant. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

People who live nearby said restaurant operations ceased several weeks ago as closures were ordered because of the coronavirus pandemic. They said signage at the site was removed in recent days.

A notice posted in the entrance blames COVID-19 for the closing, stating "we are hopeful and optimistic that we will re-open" after the pandemic is over.

The location has been removed from the Pizza Hut website. The phone number for the Endicott restaurant connects callers with the recorded message: "We are closed now."

A sign explained the closing of the Pizza Hut on East Main Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The Endicott Pizza Hut restaurant opened in 1977. For many years, several dine-in Pizza Hut locations operated in Broome and Tioga counties.

Pizza Hut last year announced it planned to close 500 dine-in restaurants to shift its focus to takeout and delivery units.

The lights remained on in the idle kitchen of the closed Endicott Pizza Hut restaurant on June 28, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
FLASHBACK: The Endicott Pizza Hut restaurant on September 24, 2018. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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