Pizza Ranch opens in Apple Valley

Pizza Ranch is open for business in Apple Valley.

The popular Iowa-based pizza chain opened its newest location Monday at the northeast corner of Pilot Knob Road and 157th Street in the city’s Cobblestone Lake neighborhood.

The 7,000-square-foot restaurant seats approximately 250 people in a dining area with decor that mimics the Old West. It offers dine-in, carry-out and delivery, as well as gluten-free menu options.

The new restaurant is the first free-standing Pizza Ranch in the metro area. Pizza Ranch also has strip mall locations in Lakeville and Champlin.

The Apple Valley restaurant will employ approximately 110 people in part-time positions, according to Pizza Ranch.

A “fast casual” restaurant chain founded in 1981, Pizza Ranch has about 170 restaurants in nine states, mostly in the Midwest. In addition to pizza, its menu offers chicken, a salad bar and a pizza-and-chicken buffet.

More about the restaurant is at www.pizzaranch.com.

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