Pizza Ranch was founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by current CEO Ryan Achterhoff. The company operates a chain of fast food restaurants, with the emphasis on pizza.
The company began offering a Tuesday nigh buffet option which proved to be so popular that now all locations offer a buffet everyday. Customers can also order off a menu. The company offers pizza, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. The company has more than 180 locations in 13 states. It is often a popular choice among conservatives when attending the Iowa caucuses.
Pizza Ranch experienced an outbreak of E.coli in March of 2016, which appeared to come from contaminated desserts. People in 9 states were seriously ill, with several of them being hospitalized with kidney damage.