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According to a reader, after many years of serving pretty average pizza for too much money and being the only local pizza joint in town which required phone numbers for pickup orders, Broadway Pizza in Apple Valley has closed its doors. Known for its pizza buffets which it advertised through tiny little signs at the four-way stop before heading to Target, the reason for its closure is a mystery even after a call to the Apple Valley Chamber to see if they had any information.
While there are any number of reasons this could have happened including their crappy customer service policies, pretty crappy pizza, and the construction on Cedar/42, one has to wonder why there aren’t any decent pizza places South of the River. With the nearest edible pizza places being RedRossa in Bloomington or Fat Lorenzo’s in Minneapolis, you would think that Dakota County would be able to land something better than Pizza Ranch which is opening in the completely desolate shopping center by the second Apple Valley Target and $5 million city-owned liquor store that no one goes to.
After recently driving through Pizza Ranch’s prior preferred towns, towns with very small populations in the middle of nowhere, and seeing how they have dominated towns where no competition exists, it made me wonder if they thought they could accomplish domination in Dakota County (Lakeville already has a location and now Apple Valley) because there simply isn’t any decent pizza for miles and no one would know any better that they shouldn’t eat at Pizza Ranch either.
What do you think? Are you sad to see Broadway Pizza close (not for the business owners, I mean for the food they served)? Were you a regular customer there, why or why not? Are you concerned that the Cedar construction will kill other favorite businesses of yours? Have you ever eaten at Pizza Ranch? Did you actually enjoy the food they serve? Do you think that their prior business model of sticking to rural towns where they may have been the ONLY restaurant around will work when moving to the metro area? What is it about the South Metro in general that seems to push decent pizza places out forcing residents to drive to the city to get something decent? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.