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Pizza Ranch Inks Franchise Agreement in Urbandale

Midwest-based Restaurant Family Concept Offers New Dining Option for Urbandale Residents

URBANDALE, Iowa (July 23, 2013) – Pizza Ranch, the popular Midwest family-style buffet concept featuring a family-friendly atmosphere with craveable food and legendary service, has signed a franchise agreement with Tonya Hotze to open a new location at 4954 86th St. in Urbandale. The new restaurant is currently under construction and is slated to open in October.
“We are thrilled to be opening a new Pizza Ranch restaurant and invite the local community to share in our excitement. We look forward to serving each of our guests fresh, great tasting food with unrivaled guest service,” said Tonya Hotze, owner of the new Pizza Ranch in Urbandale. “Everyone will enjoy our one-of-a-kind dining environment, not to mention limitless menu offerings that provide something for everyone. We pride ourselves on offering fans more craveable reasons to keep them coming back for more.”

This new Urbandale restaurant marks the third Pizza Ranch that Hotze owns and operates in the Des Moines area, joining existing locations in Altoona and Waukee. Hotze has plans to open three additional locations in the West Des Moines area in the coming years.

The new 6,100 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 282 guests in a comfortable dining atmosphere that mimics the Old West and employ approximately 130 local residents. 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.

“Our goal is for Pizza Ranch to become an integral part of the Urbandale community, and the community room is a great place for groups to get together,” Hotze added. “We look forward to partnering with our neighborhood schools, church groups and other local organizations and helping them raise money during special events.”

In addition to its popular dine-in buffet, Pizza Ranch will offer carry-out, delivery service and catering for any of its distinct menu items. Easily customized to fit each individual’s tastes and preferences, the catering program offers Pizza Ranch fans multiple ways to combine some of their favorite menu items. Customers can customize their orders to mix their favorite style of chicken and sides or choose a preset combo based on party sizes up to 100 guests.

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 Meaty Tahiti Pizza and Aloha Salad. 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®.

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 175 locations throughout 11 states in the Midwest and is executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets. In 2013, Pizza Ranch was included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit