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Eat'n Park
Type Private
Industry Restaurants
Founded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States June 6, 1949 (1949-06-06)
Founders Larry Hatch
William D. Peters
Headquarters Homestead, Pennsylvania, United States
Number of locations 75+ stores (2011)
Area served Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
Key people Jeff Broadhurst (President)
Employees 8,000+ (2011)
Parent Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
Website www.eatnpark.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3]
A black and gold Smiley Cookie appears at a rally for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

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.

History[edit]

Eat'n Park logo while the chain was affiliated with Big Boy Restaurants.

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[1]

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.[6]

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.

Since 2013, Eat'n Park has been a sponsor of the YouTube series Pittsburgh Dad.

Former locations[edit]

An Eat'n Park marquee.

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.

Smoking[edit]

Eat n Park banned smoking throughout its chain on May 30, 2007, 16 months before a statewide smoking ban was enacted in Pennsylvania.

Christmas commercial[edit]

An annual Christmas tradition in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is the annual airing of an animated Eat'n Park Christmas commercial that shows a Christmas star struggling to reach the top of a Christmas tree until the tree bends over to help the star up.[7] Initially released in 1982 as a one-year-only ad in support of a charity at Children's Hospital, the ad became so popular that Eat'n Park has aired the ad every year since, starting in late November. Eat'n Park now sells merchandise around the holiday season based around the ad. It is believed to be the longest-running Christmas ad in the United States, longer than national ads by Folgers, Hershey's Kisses, and M&M's, as well as a more regional ad by the Pennsylvania Lottery.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eat'n Park. "Eat'n Park - About Us". Eat'n Park. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ Eat'n Park. "Eat'n Park - About Us - Contact Us". Eat'n Park. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ Eat'n Park. "Eat 'n Park - About Us - Eat'n Park Hospitality Group". Eat'n Park. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: William D. Peters / President of Eat'n Park restaurants". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 20, 2000. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bring Your Family to Eat'n Park (advertisement)". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh). June 4, 1949. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lee, Stacy (20 July 2011). "Eat'n Park to receive national recognition". McKeesport Daily News. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Eat 'N Park Christmas Star Commercial
  8. ^ Eat ‘N Park Christmas Commercial Celebrating 30 Years KDKA-TV (11/29/2012)
  9. ^ Eat'n Park's animated Christmas Star ad celebrates 30 years Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/14/2012)

External links[edit]


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Eat 'N Park Christmas Star Commercial

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PITTSBURGH DAD: EAT 'N PARK

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PITTSBURGH DAD: EAT 'N PARK CHRISTMAS STAR

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The History of Smiley at Eat'n Park

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Eat'n Park Weekday Breakfast Deals and New Jingle!

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Eat N Park Mama

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Albert Gallatin Colonial Marching Band 2013 - Eat n' Park Jingle

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PGH City Paper
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:03:45 -0800

And some of those menu items might be familiar to loyal consumers of Eat'n Park, one of Pittsburgh's biggest restaurant chains. Hello Bistro is owned and operated by the same group, and Eat'n Park favorites appear on its sister establishment's menu ...

WTAE Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:55:24 -0800

PITTSBURGH —Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is featured on a new smiley cookie from Eat'n Park. Steelers lose Brett Keisel for season · Brett Keisel. The Pittsburgh Steelers will make their stretch run without Brett Keisel after putting ...
 
Pittsburgh Business Times
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:52:30 -0800

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group opened Hello Bistro at 292 Forbes Avenue downtown on Thursday morning. The new restaurant joins locations in Oakland and the South Side. Hello Bistro features a full-service salad bar along with hamburgers and other dining ...
 
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:18:45 -0800

The Miller siblings gather to celebrate the 89th birthday of their sister, Bea. Eat-n-Park Restaurant, Waterworks. Dec. 20, 2014. More in this category: « Holiday Greeting Card. Join the conversation: Commenting policy | How to report abuse. Commenting ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:26:15 -0800

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The corner at Forbes and Wood, Downtown, was once home to a Stouffer's restaurant and later a McDonald's. Now it's Hello Bistro, Eat 'n Park's latest spin-off. It's a common strategy as companies fight for new customers without ...
 
Tribune-Review
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:32:43 -0700

The Eat'n Park Restaurant on Banksville Road will close Sunday at 11 p.m. and customers will have to wait until early November for the new restaurant on an adjoining site to open, the company said Thursday. During the closure, the old restaurant will ...
 
PR Newswire (press release)
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:15 -0800

In 2013, Children's provided $12.5 million in free and uncompensated care to children in the region. The top three corporate donors to this year's 2014 Free Care Fund Benefit Show were Howard Hanna, Eat'n Park, and McKamish. The top school donor was ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:41:45 -0700

DORMONT (KDKA) – Police are looking for a man in connection with three robberies at local Eat'n Park restaurants. Police say a man struck the Eat'n Park on West Liberty Avenue in Dormont first around 3:52 p.m. Wednesday. Police are calling it a brazen ...
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