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Nebraska restaurant staple Runza will open first Wyoming location in Cheyenne

A Runza sandwich with a side order of Frings, or french fries and onion rings combined. The Nebraska-based fast-food company is looking for franchisees for a future location in Cheyenne, its first restaurant in Wyoming. (Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming will soon be the home of an adored part of Nebraska cuisine and culture.

Restaurant chain Runza is aiming to open its first location in the Cowboy State at an undetermined place in Cheyenne, per a release from the company. The Nebraska-headquartered franchise is known for its namesake sandwiches — at its most basic form, a bread roll stuffed with ground beef, cabbage and onions — and for being a source of state pride for Nebraska natives.

The vast majority of Runza restaurants are in the Cornhusker State, but the Cheyenne location will make it the company’s sixth eatery located outside Nebraska with other spots in Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.

Runza Director of Franchising and Partnership Development Jon Wurst will be holding an interest session for potential franchisees in Cheyenne this week. The session will be at 6 p.m. Thursday inside the Little America Hotel & Resort on 2800 W. Lincolnway St.

A family-owned franchise, Runza opened its first location in 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska and sells other fast-food fare like burgers, fries, chicken dishes and salads alongside its classic sandwiches. “Frings,” or a side order of onion rings mixed with crinkle-cut fries, are a common pair with a sandwich, as are a bowl of chili with a fresh cinnamon roll.

It also offers a unique promotion each Tuesday in January and February. On those dates, the cost of a Runza sandwich is based on the lowest temperature at 6 a.m. at any of its nearly 90 restaurants. That means if the lowest temperature in a location’s city on that day is 15 degrees, a sandwich will be sold for 15 cents (with the purchase of medium fries and a drink).

Wurst can be contacted directly at 402-423-2394 (ext. 146) or jwurst@runzanational.com for questions or to RSVP for the interest session.