On Tuesday, Oct. 4 the West Bend Plan Commission will review a development proposal for the new location for Pizza Ranch in West Bend.
The popular buffet restaurant moved less than a mile east of its previous location. The move occurred after PRWB LLC purchased 1.7 acres of property and then sold it less than two weeks later to Steve Kearns for a $200,000 profit.
Stacy and Matt Gehring are the couple behind the franchise. Stacy’s parents have own and operated a Pizza Ranch for 22 years. The development of a new $1.65 million Pizza Ranch was first approved in June by the Plan Commission and quickly approved by the Common Council.
The new parcel for a Pizza Ranch is located on W. Washington Street; the property is currently green space. It is on the south side of the road, just west of First Bank Financial Centre and just east of Hankerson’s Country Oven Bakery.
Adam Williquette from Anderson Commercial is overseeing the sale of the property.
Although the purchase has yet to close, the Gehrings have indicated they would like to break ground in October.
Early plans indicate there will only be a right turn into the restaurant and a right turn out, back onto Highway 33. At this point in time no additional turn lane is planned.
The Pizza Ranch franchise, based in Iowa, is described as, “Buffet Your Way” which means “you can request any pizza you want and we’ll not only make it for you, we’ll personally deliver the first slice to you! Now that’s legendary service!”