|Founded||Hull, Iowa, U.S. (1981)|
|Headquarters||Orange City, Iowa, U.S.|
|Key people||Adrie Groeneweg, President and co-founder
Lawrence Vander Esch, co-founder
The Pizza Ranch, Inc., founded in 1981, is a "fast casual" restaurant chain. Pizza Ranch offers pizza, chicken, a salad bar, and a pizza and chicken buffet. Pizza Ranch has over 160 locations in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Wyoming. Pizza Ranch is the largest regional pizza franchise in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota.
The first restaurant opened December 21, 1981 in Hull, Iowa. The six original house pizzas were the Round Up, Sweet Swine, Texan, Bronco, Prairie and Sagebrush. In the beginning Pizza Ranch only offered a Tuesday night Buffet while the rest of the dining hours were for take out or dine in orders. The second Pizza Ranch opened in Orange City in 1983 where the first noon buffet was introduced. In 1987, with the addition of a Sioux City restaurant, the menu expanded to offer chicken.
Pizza Ranch has grown over the years and now has franchises in ten states. Pizza Ranch's specialties are their pizza and chicken. Their headquarters, formerly located in Hull, Iowa, is currently located in Orange City, Iowa.
Pizza Ranch is a Christian based company. This can be seen on their mission/vision posters in their restaurants and on their website. The Pizza Ranch vision is "To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in."
Customers have two options; ordering off the menu or (at designated times) eating from the buffet.
The menu features standard pizzeria items: Cheesy Ranch Stix, various options of pizza (including specialities like Texan taco, round up, bronco, and bacon cheeseburger), cactus bread(dessert pizza) and Buffalo wings. Pizza Ranch also offers a salad bar, as well as "Crispy Ranch Chicken" (the company's own recipe for broasted chicken), several wraps, broasted potatoes, chicken fingers, waffle fries, ranch chips, and mashed potatoes and gravy (in some locations). The buffet features the above mentioned items, and may include local specialties daily.
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