BETTENDORF, Iowa – (November 17, 2011) – Pizza Ranch, the popular Midwest buffet concept featuring a family-friendly atmosphere with craveable food and legendary service, has signed a franchise agreement with brothers Matt and Mike Middendorp to open a new location at 880 Lincoln Road in Bettendorf, Iowa. The new restaurant is currently under construction and is slated to open in March 2012.
The new Pizza Ranch is the second location that the Middendorps own, joining an existing location at 1347 11th Street Northwest in Clinton.
“We are thrilled to be opening a new Pizza Ranch restaurant and invite the local community to share in our excitement,” said Matt. “Everyone will enjoy our one-of-a-kind dining environment, not to mention limitless menu offerings that provide something for everyone. We look forward to serving each of our guests fresh, great tasting food with unrivaled guest service.”
Matt and Mike grew up in Hull, Iowa, where Pizza Ranch was founded in 1981. They visited the restaurant often and always enjoyed it. Both have worked in the restaurant industry, at a bakery and café owned by their father, and Mike later completed culinary school in Wisconsin. Matt went on to open several businesses before Mike approached him with the idea of buying their first Pizza Ranch location. Now, the Middendorps are thrilled to bring a new Pizza Ranch restaurant to Bettendorf and plan to continue expanding in the area.
The new 6,300 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 250 guests in a comfortable dining atmosphere that mimics the Old West. A spacious community room is available for special group and community gatherings, serving as a social hub for friends, families, teams, church groups, and more. In addition to its popular dine-in buffet, Pizza Ranch will offer carry-out and delivery service for any of its distinct menu items.
“Our goal is for Pizza Ranch to become an integral part of the Bettendorf community, and the community room is a great place for groups to get together,” Matt added. “We look forward to partnering with our neighborhood schools, church groups and other local organizations and helping them raise money during special events.”
Menu items remain focused on traditional Pizza Ranch favorites, with recipes dating back to the company’s origins, in addition to new innovative feature pizzas and salads such as the Grape Caesar Salad and the California Pulled Pork Pizza. Pizza Ranch is also known for its legendary chicken, recognized by most as simply the “Country’s Best Chicken®.”
About Pizza Ranch
Pizza Ranch’s vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in”. Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand’s great tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts nearly 160 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit www.pizzaranchfranchise.com.