Our Story

It all started in 1999.

That’s when the Vap family, who had been longtime franchisees of Godfathers pizza, opened the first HuHot in Missoula, Montana.

The Vaps wanted a restaurant that was:

  • • New
  • • Fresh
  • • Fun
  • • Family friendly
  • • Delicious

It worked. Not only did they create a wonderful restaurant, they developed a great business.

Since that first restaurant opened they have grown to over 60 locations in 17 states and more on the way.

HuHot is more than a restaurant chain, it’s a concept that its customers are fanatical about. HuHot has over 175,000 social media followers, and 120,000 loyalty members. They aren’t just following us online, the loyalty of our fans has allowed us to maintain a closure rate of less than 10%.

HuHot has been ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 4 years in a row, included on Franchise Times Next 300 Franchise list 3 years in a row, named as one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ Next 20 Chains.

The best part of all the success and accolades is that it’s just the beginning.

(Top): CEO Andy Vap during construction of location number 1. (Middle): Restaurant number 1, originally called Mongos. (Bottom): Founders Dan and Linda Vap donate to the Missoula Food Bank.