Pizza Ranch plans December opening in Elk River

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A new restaurant will open in Elk River this December.
Pizza Ranch, a buffet concept featuring a family-friendly atmosphere, has entered into a franchise agreement to open the area’s first Pizza Ranch restaurant.
It will be located at 19141 Freeport Ave., in the former Movie Gallery building that is undergoing renovation.

Rob and Denise McDonald are the owners of the new Pizza Ranch in Elk River.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by Rob and Denise McDonald of Ramsey.
“My family and I are thrilled to be opening a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Elk River and invite the local community to share in our excitement,” said Rob, a veteran of the mortgage title and real estate industry with more than 20 years’ experience. “Elk River residents need a family sit-down restaurant and we are eager to give them a one-of-a-kind dining experience with limitless menu offerings and unrivaled guest service.”
After many enjoyable visits to a Pizza Ranch close to his oldest child’s college, Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., Rob saw an opportunity to diversify his business experience and to work with his wife and four daughters by opening a location close to home. Rob and Denise are very involved in the community and look forward to providing Elk River with a family-friendly, neighborhood atmosphere at their Pizza Ranch.
The new 6,000-square-foot restaurant will seat up to 209 guests in a dining atmosphere that mimics the Old West. A community room is available for group and community gatherings. In addition to its dine-in buffet, Pizza Ranch will offer carry-out and delivery service.

The former Movie Gallery building in Elk River is being renovated and turned into a Pizza Ranch.

“Our goal is for Pizza Ranch to become an integral part of the Elk River community, and the community room is a great place for groups to get together,” Rob added. “We look forward to partnering with neighborhood schools, church groups and other local organizations and helping them raise money during special events.”
The Elk River Pizza Ranch is currently hiring for all positions. Visit the “Elk River Pizza Ranch” page on for more information.

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 regional restaurant chain that serving pizza, salad, chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges and desserts in a buffet-style environment. The food is also available through carry-out and delivery service.
•The company has 150 locations throughout nine states in the Midwest and is currently executing a plan to more than double its presence in key U.S. markets.
•For more information about Pizza Ranch, visit