2012 August: Pizza Ranch Opens First Montana Location in Billings

BILLINGS, Mont. – 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 August 6, 2012 at 2505 King Avenue West in Billings.

The new restaurant is the first Pizza Ranch to open in Montana and is the first of eight restaurants entrepreneurs Mike and Angie Christianson plan to open throughout Montana.

“We are very excited to provide our new neighbors in Billings a family-friendly place where they can enjoy fresh, great-tasting food and a one-of-a-kind dining experience,” Mike said. “Pizza Ranch is known throughout the Midwest as the community gathering place. We invite Billings residents to stop by and relax in a family-friendly environment, while enjoying fresh, great-tasting food and an exceptional dining experience.”

The new 6,000 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 240 guests in a comfortable dining atmosphere that mimics the Old West. Two spacious community rooms are 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.

“Pizza Ranch has historically been community-oriented, and our goal is to become an integral part of the Billings neighborhood,” Angie added. “We look forward to partnering with Billing’s schools, church groups, sports teams and other local organizations to host fundraisers for each of their 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 Tip Nights. During Tip 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. Tip 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, in addition to new innovative feature pizzas and salads such as the Beef ‘N Blue Pizza and BLT 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. Pizza Ranch is also known for its legendary chicken, recognized by most as simply the “Country’s Best Chicken®.

Pizza Ranch has more than 165 locations in nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets.

The restaurant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the buffet is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit www.pizzaranch.com <http://www.pizzaranch.com> .

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 160 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets. In 2012, Pizza Ranch was included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit www.pizzaranchfranchise.com <http://www.pizzaranchfranchise.com> .