A new pizza restaurant is coming to Arkansas City and is expected to be open for business in late November or early December. 

Brandon and Sarah Jellings are in the process of revamping the former Kansas Buffet, at 2825 N. Summit to house a Pizza Ranch franchise, the couple revealed Tuesday night at a city commission meeting seeking a tax break for the business.

Brandon said the menu will includes pizza, chicken, sandwiches and a buffet and desert bar. The restaurant will also offer curbside pickup and delivery.

“We’re actually putting in a fun zone that will have three individual party rooms,” he said. “It’s going to be for birthday parties and group gatherings.”

Sarah said the menu pricing would also be adjusted to a level that is appropriate for Arkansas City.

Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and operates more than 200 locations in 14 states, including three Kansas locations: Emporia, Hutchinson and Manhattan. Brandon said a fourth location will open in Wichita.

The Jelling’s said they expect to employ between 40-50 people.  Brandon said the restaurant would be open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday serving lunch and dinner, and will be open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Jellings attended Tuesday’s commission meeting to officially announce their plans and seek approval for a neighborhood revitalization rebate exemption.  

That exemption would allow a 90 percent tax rebate on any increase in property values over 10 years to help offset the costs of improvements. The current plan allows a 75 percent rebate for seven years.

City Manager Nick Hernandez expressed his support for the rebate and asked the commission to approve the exemption.

“It’s one of those things where they really need it to proceed with the project,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I feel we should probably help them as much as we can.”

Hernandez said the property has been vacant for more than a year and was becoming more and more blighted.

The commission gave unanimous approval to the exemption and rebate.

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