Getting back to normal. Expanding.

That’s the word from Scott Heilman, general manager of Grand Forks Pizza Ranch. With an array of food far beyond pizza, the buffet-style restaurant attracts a wide range of customers.

Our choice was chicken when four of us went to the Pizza Ranch at supper time last Saturday. Once in, you are sort of on your own. Tables are fairly well separated by the required 6 feet in these days of coronavirus. We helped ourselves to chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy. There was another station for salad choices. There was a soup center. And a dessert bar.

Other customers routinely helped themselves and seemed to keep their distance from others. There were employees clearing the tables. And along with the open seating, there also are three meeting or party rooms in the restaurant.

The chicken is well worth its following. It was well done and had a nice taste. It reminded me of Sunday dinners long ago.

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Pizza Ranch goes far beyond pizza in its offerings. Now it is expanding in space by moving into two adjacent stores which are being vacated by Kelly Services and See Dick Run.

Manager Scott Heilman says the goal is to expand into the new spaces by June 1. He says, “It will provide a fun zone as in other Pizza Ranches for kids and adults.”

There are other Pizza Ranches in 215 cities across the country.

Heilman says people have been patient and cooperative during the times of coronavirus. He thinks they are excited about prospects of getting back to normal.


Pizza Ranch

3750 32nd Ave. S.

Telephone: 701-775-2222

General Manager: Scott Heilman

Seating: 80

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with 9 p.m. closing on Fridays and Saturdays.

Report card: Along with pizza the restaurant offers many choices of chicken with sides of mashed potatoes and gravy, salads and pastas. There is coleslaw, corn and green beans that complete a meal. Online ordering is available at

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at 772-1055.