Eat'n Park is a restaurant chain based in Homestead, Pennsylvania with over 75 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The chain is known for its Smiley Cookies.
In the late 1940s Larry Hatch and Bill Peters were supervisors at Isaly's Restaurants in Pittsburgh. On a trip to Cincinnati, Hatch was impressed seeing the Frisch's Big Boy Drive In operation. He and Peters contacted Big Boy founder Bob Wian, reaching a 25 year agreement to operate Big Boy Restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, which would be called Eat'n Park.
Eat'n Park launched on June 5, 1949 when Hatch and Peters opened a 13-stool drive-in restaurant in the South Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The official opening time for the restaurant on Saw Mill Run Boulevard was 2 p.m. Advertised as "Pittsburgh's First Modern Eat-in-your-Car Food Service" the original location was serviced by 10 carhops. Four months later, a second unit opened in Pittsburgh, and within 11 years, there were 27 Eat'n Parks. Since then, the chain has grown to over 75 locations across 3 states.
By 1974 interior dining replaced car hop service and other Big Boy franchises owned all territories surrounding metro Pittsburgh so Eat'n Park chose not to renew their Big Boy franchise agreement. The Big Boy hamburger was renamed the Super Burger.
In 2011, Eat'n Park was awarded the Achievement of Excellence award from the American Culinary Federation.
Despite accepting debit & credit card transactions, Eat'n Park is unusual in the restaurant business by having an ATM at each location. The ATMs were originally owned by SkyBank, and later Huntington Bank after the latter bought SkyBank in 2007. The ATMs are now operated by a third-party company.
While Eat'n Park serves the western half of Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia, the chain used to serve the York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania markets from the mid-1990s to 2010. While there were a handful of restaurants in this region in 2000, over the years the number of locations dwindled to 4 by 2010: 1 in New Cumberland, 1 in Harrisburg, 1 in Lancaster, and 1 in York. In March 2010, the New Cumberland and Lancaster locations were bought out and closed; by October 1, 2010 Eat'n Park closed their York and Harrisburg locations due to low sales and therefore left the area for good.
PITTSBURGH DAD: EAT 'N PARK
Dad takes the family to Eat 'n Park! Get a Pittsburgh Dad Smiley Cookie at http://www.smileycookie.com/shop-by-occasion/pittsburgh-dad-cookies-2.html Like Pi...
Eat 'N Park Christmas Star Commercial
This is the classic Christmas Star commercial for Eat 'N Park that is shown on TV during the holiday season.
Seafood Specials are here at Eat'n Park!
Reel 'em in! Seafood specials are here at Eat'n Park, and you don't want to miss them. New specials like General Tso's Shrimp, Salmon Burger, Tuna Cheddar Me...
PITTSBURGH DAD: EAT 'N PARK CHRISTMAS STAR
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The History of Smiley at Eat'n Park
The icon of our brand, Smiley has been representing Eat'n Park since 1986! Our famous Smiley Cookies were first made available to our youngest visitors, but ...
Turkey Crashes Through Eat'n Park Window On Thanksgiving
Turkey Crashes Through Eat'n Park Window On Thanksgiving.
Eat'n Park Weekday Breakfast Deals and New Jingle!
Eat'n Park is the place for smiles...and a great breakfast! This is the newest commercial, debuting on television beginning April 20. Listen closely to hear ...
Eat'n Park - Smiley's Birthday Party
Eat'n Park celebrated Smiley's 20th Birthday in June, 2006!
Pittsburgh Penguins / Eat'n Park Christmas Tree Parody
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jagoffs Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/benstonium Pittsburgh Penguins parody of the classic Eat'n Park Christmas Tree comm...
Breakfast at Eat'n Park: Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Prices!
Eat'n Park is the Place for Breakfast! Stop in and enjoy our French Toast Smile, Grilled Stickies Smile, or our Strawberry Waffle. And you'll love our coffee...
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:15 -0700
Kings confronts competition from Homestead-based Eat'n Park along with Denny's, Perkins and others. Owner Hartley King, who is 80 years old and still involved in managing the business, said the response from customers to the menu changes and an ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:12:20 -0800
On Friday, detectives met with Ms. Artzberger at an Eat'n Park, where she confessed to using the money for her own benefit and said: "I made a mistake. I used the money. I regret it." Mr. Ketchel confirmed the meeting but said, "the scope of that ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:41:15 -0800
During his career, he managed campaigns for a host of companies and nonprofit organizations, including PPG Industries Inc., Eat'n Park Restaurants, The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and Pennsylvania Tourism and Economic Development. He retired ...
Nation's Restaurant News
Nation's Restaurant News
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:45:00 -0800
Full-service chain or multi-concept operator: Jim Broadhurst, chairman of Eat 'n Park Hospitality Group, based in Homestead, Pa. Independent restaurants: Jack Williams, co-founder of Richie's Real American Diner, with four units in southern California
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:46:39 -0800
As Eat'n Park looks forward to new parking near the Coursin Street flyover ramp in McKeesport, it is celebrating improvements to one of the Homestead-based chain's oldest restaurants. “It is a celebration of our team members. It is a celebration of our ...
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:07:30 -0800
The term “Grit Guys” was taken from the word integrity as it pertains to men. On the local scene, there will be a series of Grit Guys Bible study sessions held in the back dining room of the White Township Eat 'n Park restaurant every Friday morning ...
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:07:30 -0800
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Executives from Eat 'n Park restaurants have presented a $15,795 check to representatives from Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley. The donation, which was presented during a ceremony at the Austintown restaurant on ...
Fast Casual (blog)
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:33:45 -0800
For example, Bill Moore is the director of safety and security and Eat n'Park Hospitality Group, which covers restaurants, colleges and universities/hospitals and senior care centers, corporate headquarters, and a professional sports arena. He has ...
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