Nearly Two Pounds of Fresh Strawberries in Every Pie
PITTSBURGH, PA – May 1, 2014 – Eat’n Park Restaurants is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its famous Strawberry Pie during the Merry, Berry month of May.
In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States, a young man from Tupelo, Mississippi named Elvis Presley began his music career, Swanson introduced TV dinners, and Claire Moore, daughter of Eat’n Park founder Larry Hatch, created the restaurant’s famous Strawberry Pie.
“When Claire Moore baked that strawberry pie in 1954, she was simply meeting the request of her husband Bob Moore who was managing a local Eat’n Park at the time. He thought a strawberry pie would be a great addition to the menu,” says Jeff Broadhurst, president and CEO, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. “As it turns out, Bob’s hunch was right, and Strawberry Pie has been an Eat’n Park classic ever since.”
For 60 years, Eat’n Park has used only fresh strawberries in its pies. In fact, in 1962, Eat’n Park was one of the first restaurants in the country to receive fresh strawberries (or any produce) by airfreight. This enabled the restaurant to serve fresh Strawberry Pie all winter long that year.
Today, Eat’n Park serves more than 180,000 slices of strawberry pie each year and sells more than 65,000 whole pies.