Crystal, MN – Pizza Ranch, the legendary buffet-dining concept revered for its community leadership initiatives, has started construction in Crystal with existing franchisees Randall and Sheryl Hubin. This restaurant will occupy over 10,000 sq. ft of the Crystal Gallery mall, adjacent to Becker park - a city landmark.
Moving into what was previously the Old Country Buffet location, The Hubins plan to do an extensive renovation of the space to reflect the Pizza Ranch brand, including a drive-thru window for easy pickup so guests can order their food in advance and then drive thru at the time they’d like to pick up their food, which makes lunches and dinners quicker. Additionally, they’ll be bringing a Pizza Ranch Fun Zone Arcade. This will be the first Fun Zone Arcade in the state of Minnesota, an exciting attraction for all guests. “Pizza Ranch locations have always been a key gathering spot in the communities where they are located, where friends and family connect for good food and conversation. The addition of a Fun Zone in a separate room provides an opportunity for people of all ages to add to their meal experience a variety of games and fun activities—and whether it is just the kids participating in the Fun Zone and the adults have some focus time together at their table, or if all join in the games as a group—it can be fun for all. The Fun Zone will certainly include games proven to be a hit with kids and teens, and it will also have some games adults will enjoy—including one some will remember playing as a kid but with a whole new twist: we will have The World Largest Pac Man game, with a screen size of over 5 feet wide and nearly 9 feet tall,” shared Randall.
Enveloping guests in an authentic ranch-themed environment, Pizza Ranch brings to life an experience that blends just the right mix of mouthwatering buffet menu items and community camaraderie. Additionally, Pizza Ranch provides its loyal fans with opportunities to enjoy their pizzas, chicken, desserts and more outside the Ranch through delivery, carry out, and catering options.
Pizza Ranch continues to showcase a commitment to serving communities beyond its legendary food. The restaurant partners with schools, churches, non-profits and other organizations to host fundraisers and social functions. Pizza Ranch prides itself on providing these opportunities to raise awareness and much needed funding for community groups and programs that represent and serve their hometowns.
“From the early days, Pizza Ranch set up to achieve a bigger purpose then just being a restaurant,” said Randall. Randall shared that Pizza Ranch holds Community Impact Events where they partner with local non-profits to help them raise needed funds, to running a coffee program that pays the education to send the children of our coffee growers in Ethiopia to school. Randall Hubin also said, “Including “Community Rooms” in every Pizza Ranch, where people can gather for sports team banquets, birthday parties, business meetings and more, to serving award-winning cravable food with the Buffet-Your-Way option to order any pizza we have and we will make it for you and provide you with the first piece fresh out of the oven. In these and so many other ways Pizza Ranch has always been about our guests, and giving them a Legendary Experience. This outward focus is a key motivator for us to work hard with a great team of employees and manager to seek to live this out every day.”
Franchisees Randall and Sheryl Hubin were recognized with the Community Impact Award in 2016 for their first Pizza Ranch location in Andover, MN. It opened in December 2013 and was named the CMDC Emerging Business of the Year in 2014. They have won many awards for service and food quality each year they have been open, including being named Franchisees of the Year at the Pizza Ranch 2017 National Conference in June.
About Pizza Ranch
Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises more than 200 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, the Country’s Best Chicken, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality. For more information, visit pizzaranch.com.
Photo: Sheryl and Randal Hubin in front of their Pizza Ranch in Andover, MN.