An Andover couple are fulfilling a dream of business ownership and they’re doing it in their community.
Randall and Sheryl Hubin, who have called Andover home for about 13 years and raised three children here, are owners of the new Pizza Ranch restaurant in Andover located at 13797 Jay St. NW.
Customers can do carry-out, delivery or dine like some other pizza restaurants, but Randall said the buffet is one area where Pizza Ranch stands out from other pizza establishments.
The buffet, which is available during lunch and dinner only on weekdays but all day on the weekends, has a variety of hot and dessert pizzas as well as a salad bar, along with what City Pages has called the best chicken and sides, such as mixed vegetables and stuffing.
Some of the most popular items in the buffet have been the steak and onion pizza, the Texan taco pizza, the cheesy ranch sticks and the cactus bread desert pizza, Randall said. They will continue to rotate different choices in the buffet.
If customers do not see their favorite pizza in the buffet, a Pizza Ranch concept they call “Buffet Your Way” allows them to order any kind of pizza they want. A server will bring it to their table so they can have as many slices as they would like before the rest is put on the buffet for others to enjoy.
There is always broasted chicken and a chicken dipped in sauce to choose from at the buffet line or customers could order multiple piece meals that come with sides.
A section of the restaurant can be closed off for a community room that can seat up to 120 guests. The large room could be further divided into three smaller rooms that seat between 30 and 50 people. Large high definition televisions and a sound system makes these rooms ideal for community meetings and birthday parties, Randall said.
At some point, Pizza Ranch will start setting aside special Monday night fundraising events in which a local group will bring in volunteers to serve people. The organization would get 100 percent of the money put in a tip jar and 10 percent of sales revenue from that evening. This is something other Pizza Ranch locations have done.
The Hubins officially opened Pizza Ranch Dec. 30. For two days prior, they had a soft opening with invited guests, who were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Andover High School food shelf that helps students in need.
Randall said they collected about 1,100 cans of food and $177 in donations from these guests. He heard the donations were so great that some of the food went to the Crossroads Alternative High School food shelf as well.
Those who sip on a cup of coffee at Pizza Ranch will be indirectly helping kids in Ethiopia. For every pound of coffee the restaurant buys, an additional 50 cents is donated to Ethiopia Reads, which is a non-profit organization that builds schools and libraries in Ethiopia.
Community outreach efforts like these are big reasons why the Hubins chose Pizza Ranch when trying to decide what local restaurant they would like to own.
“They share our values of creating a restaurant that is a local gathering point and an integral part of the community,” Randall said.
The location next to major roads such as Bunker Lake and Hanson boulevards, proximity to Walmart, the movie theater, bowling alley, schools and ball fields are what attracted the Hubins to the Andover Station North development area.
For more information, visit www.pizzaranch.com or call 763-710-4555.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]