digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

Eat'n Park
Private
Industry Restaurants
Founded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States June 6, 1949 (1949-06-06)
Founder 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)
Number of 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]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eat'n_Park — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
6197 videos foundNext > 

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 ...

PITTSBURGH DAD: EAT 'N PARK CHRISTMAS STAR

"It ain't Christmas until I seen the Eat 'n Park Christmas Star commercial." Like Pittsburgh Dad on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pittsburghdad Follow ...

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 ...

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.

Eat'n Park - Smiley's Birthday Party

Eat'n Park celebrated Smiley's 20th Birthday in June, 2006!

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 the new ...

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 ...

Fresh, local produce at Eat'n Park!

Better ingredients make better-tasting food! That's why, over a decade ago, we started FarmSource, our local purchasing program. FarmSource allows us to ...

Endless Options with Eat'n Park's Soup, Salad & Fruit Bar!

Do salad your way! Grilled vegetables, corn & black bean salsa, cottage cheese, pineapple, cantaloupe, homemade soup...it's all there on Eat'n Park's endless ...

Fresh goodies from the Eat'n Park bakery!

Our bakeries are bursting with fresh-baked goodies! Soft, gooey honeybuns, grilled stickies, fresh baked bread for our sandwiches, and of course, Smiley ...

6197 videos foundNext > 

1355 news items

WBOY-TV

WBOY-TV
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:30:00 -0700

“Everyone that eats at Eat'n Park knows that kids are supposed to get a free cookie with their meal after their purchase, but they don't really expect it for the dads on Father's Day," said Jerry Bissett, assistant manager. "It's kind of like, 'wow ...

Observer-Reporter

Observer-Reporter
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:52:30 -0700

McMURRAY – Work has begun on a new Eat'n Park at the intersection of Washington and Hidden Valley roads in Peters Township, and it is likely the restaurant's existing location less than a mile away could become a Dunkin' Donuts, developers said.
 
Tribune-Review
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:18:45 -0700

Fox Chapel Area High School rising senior Amelia Porter Bacon and biology teacher Heather Skillen recently were named winners in the national DNA Learning Challenge. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education and ...
 
Tribune-Review
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:24:42 -0700

Norma Rutter of Bulger decorates a sheet of Smiley cookies Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Robinson — some of the 20,000 donated by Eat'n Park for runners in this weekend's Pittsburgh Marathon.

WTAE Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh
Thu, 21 May 2015 10:51:08 -0700

It's not the first time that someone has faced legal action from Eat'n Park for selling smiley-style cookies. "In this particular case, the 'Smiley's Cookies' logo name and design used by the company infringes on our Smiley Cookie brand trademark," Eat ...
 
Tribune-Review
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:18:45 -0700

Recently, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group stepped up with a nearly $4,000 donation. Late last year, the local Subaru dealership gave $250 to a designated charity for each new car purchase through its Share the Love program. Meals on Wheels was a recipient.

RestaurantNews.com

RestaurantNews.com
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:25:25 -0700

Following is a list of restaurant chains offering special menus and deals for Father's Day. Keep in mind that most offers are only valid on Father's Day (Sunday, June 21, 2015), are dine-in only, can't be used with other coupons or discounts, and don't ...

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:02:41 -0800

Duane “Spanky” Stanton, 68, loves to reminisce about his days as a 16-year-old customer at the Eat'n Park restaurant in McKeesport. Back then, car hops — waitresses who worked outdoors, taking orders and delivering food to cars — were the rage. In ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight