Marshall has restaurants, and Marshall has pizza parlors, but Marshall Pizza Partners LLC figure they can go one better with a family-friendly place.
Matt Schnoor and Kevin Niemann, partners in Three-legged Dog Inc. which owns the Varsity Pub in Marshall, recently partnered with Mike Sweetman, who runs the Extra Innings kitchen in the pub, incorporated as Marshall Pizza Partners to open a Pizza Ranch in town.
"I know pizza has been done," Niemann said, "but our style hasn't. With a basketball court and stuff it's a place to take your family to."
Photo by Steve Browne
Photo by Steve Browne
Matt Schnoor, partner in Marshall Pizza Partners LLC, stands at the site of the future Marshall Pizza Ranch.
Schnoor said after the pub the three of them wanted to do something different - a restaurant where kids could run around without bothering anybody. They looked into different options before deciding to open a Pizza Ranch.
"I liked the atmosphere and I liked how the corporation has grown," Niemann said. "And I liked how they treated me when I visited them in Orange City, Iowa."
When completed, the restaurant will be 6,000 square feet, with seating capacity for more than 230 guests, a basketball court, and a community room for private functions, business meetings, birthday parties and whatever else is going on. Food service will feature a buffet.
The buffet generates about 80 percent of this type of Pizza Ranch business,?Schnoor said.
The restaurant opening has been delayed by weather and the state government shutdown. Heavy rains have delayed construction, and because of the state shutdown - that could end this week?- they haven't been able to get an electrical inspector out to the site.
"If it ever stops raining it should be done by the end of October, mid-September," site superintendent Andy Cooper said. "If we can get an electrical inspector in here."
Schnoor said electrical inspections are mandated a minimum of three times during construction: when the floor is laid, when the walls go up, and when the finishing is done.
"So if they don't come back to work, we can't get done," Schnoor said.
But the city of Marshall can rest assured they will get it done, and this isn't the end of the partners' ventures in the area.
"I don't think one Pizza Ranch is enough," Niemann said. "We'll build more."