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How Pizza Ranch learned to live with the buffet, and then without it

The pizza and chicken buffet concept has recovered from the pandemic, but not just because it focused more on takeout and installed drive-thru windows. Some credit goes to video games.
Pizza Ranch survived the pandemic with an improved focus on takeout, and video games. / Photo courtesy of Pizza Ranch.

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