Pizza Ranch: Pizza Ranch Lore

Pizza Ranch Lore

Pizza Ranch Lore

1981: The original Pizza Ranch restaurant opens in Hull, Iowa.
1983: A second location opened in Orange City, Iowa, and the noon buffet is introduced.
1984: The first Pizza Ranch franchise opens in Mountain Lake, MN.
1986: Our 5th Anniversary, and there are ten Pizza Ranch locations. We introduce coupon books to help local organizations raise funds. Our support of local fundraisers has been growing ever since!
1987: Chicken is added to the menu and it quickly becomes known as The Country’s Best Chicken®.
1991: Our 10-year anniversary, Pizza Ranch has expanded to 52 locations in five states.
1993: We introduce Skillet Crust pizza and Cactus Bread® dessert pizza, offering guests a new variety of choices.
1996: Pizza Ranch celebrates its 15th Anniversary with 80 restaurants.
2000: Ranch Pack® Value Meals, Ranch Wraps and Mashed Potatoes and gravy are all added to the menu.
2001: Thin Crust is introduced to the delight of our guests. With three crust options, pizzas can easily be customized to each person’s tastes.
2003: Our 100th location opens, just 22 years after our humble start.
2004: Putting beliefs into action, President Adrie Groeneweg unveils Pizza Ranch’s Mission and Vision Statements, renewing our commitment to glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in.
2005: Gift Cards are introduced and guests love the reloadable cards that make the perfect gift.
2006: Twenty-five years after the first restaurant opened, Pizza Ranch grows to 135 locations.
2007: Pizza Ranch outgrows our Corporate Headquarter’s original location in Hull, and a new Pizza Ranch Restaurant Support Center is built in nearby Orange City, Iowa.
2009: After hiring a dedicated Culinary Research and Development Director, Pizza Ranch begins offering quarterly featured items. Some of these limited-time-only pizzas and salads have been so popular, they’ve subsequently been added to the menu, like Tuscan Roma. We also started emphasizing our famous “Buffet Your Way” which allows our buffet guests to request their favorite pizza and have the first slice delivered right to their table!
2011: With 160 locations open by our 30th anniversary, Pizza Ranch launches the Ranch Rewards program to thank guests for their loyalty. Ranch Rewards members earn points every time they dine that add up to valuable rewards and receive other exclusive offers and promotions.
2017: Pizza Ranch reaches 200 restaurant locations in 13 states with plans for continued growth. The launch of the NEW pepperoni pizza marks a commitment to continuous improvement in our cravable food offerings.