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Pizza Ranch Opens New Location in Hutchinson

Midwest-based Family Concept Offers New Dining Option for Local Hutchinson Residents

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Mar. 11, 2013) – Pizza Ranch, the popular Midwest family-style buffet concept featuring a family-friendly atmosphere with craveable food and legendary service, announced today it will open its doors for business on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1805 E. 17th Avenue in Hutchinson.

“We are very excited to provide our new neighbors in Hutchinson a family-friendly place where they can enjoy fresh, great-tasting food and a one-of-a-kind dining experience,” said Leslie Shea, co-owner of the new Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson who has 15 years of restaurant management experience.

The new Pizza Ranch restaurant in Hutchinson is owned and operated by local residents Dick and Dianne Kovarna and Dennis and Leslie Shea. Dick Kovarna’s affinity for Pizza Ranch began more than 20 years ago after moving back to his home state in Northwest Iowa where the company is based. After moving to Hutchinson, Kansas six years ago, Dick always made a point to eat at Pizza Ranch on his many frequent business trips to Iowa and Minnesota. Over the years, Dick witnessed the success and continual growth of the company into larger communities. He proposed building a Pizza Ranch in Hutchinson to his wife, Dianne, and the Sheas, and the rest was history.

The new 5,700 square-foot restaurant will seat approximately 224 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 Hutchinson community, and the community room is a great place for groups to get together,” added Dick Kovarna. “We look forward to partnering with our neighborhood schools, church groups and other local organizations and helping them raise money during special events.”

Pizza Ranch is actively involved in the communities it serves. Pizza Ranch restaurants partner with local schools and organizations in fundraising activities and programs, such as Community Impact Nights. During Community Impact Nights, members of a local organization come in and help serve Pizza Ranch guests, earning all the tips plus a percentage of sales from that night. Community Impact Nights and other fundraising programs are a great way for Pizza Ranch to build community camaraderie and help raise awareness and money for local organizations, teams or families in need.

Menu items remain focused on traditional Pizza Ranch favorites, with recipes dating back to the company’s origins. Famous for the "Buffet Your Way" concept, guests are encouraged to request their favorite pizza to be featured on the buffet and their first slice is delivered right to their table. Gluten free options are available upon request including gluten free pizza crust and toppings. Pizza Ranch is also known for its legendary chicken, recognized by most as simply the “Country’s Best Chicken”®.

The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (620) 662-2066.

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 more than 170 locations throughout 11 states in the Midwest and is executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets. Since 2009, Pizza Ranch has been included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list, increasing its ranking each year. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit