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1940s
1949

First Eat'n Park opens, causing a traffic jam on Route 51.

1950s
1954

Eat'n Park Strawberry Pie was perfected by the daughter of our founder.

1955

For customers who would rather eat inside than out in the car, Eat'n Park opens its first front dining room.

1960s
1967

Automated order-taking machines are in. Four years later, carhop service is out.

1970s
1973

We introduced our first children's menu, first hostess service and first modern-sized restaurant.

1977

We begin offering round-the-clock service, with some locations staying open 24 hours.

1978

Our famous Soup & Salad bar opens.

1979

First Children's Hospital Free Care Fund campaign.

1980s
1982

Our beloved Christmas Star commercial first airs.

1985

First Eat'n Park Bakery opens.

1986

We introduced our iconic Smiley Cookie for kids visiting our restaurants.

1988

Our Light'n Delightful entrees debut, later to be renamed Eat'n Smart.

1990s
1994

Our Smiley Cookie hot air balloon lifts off for the first time.

2000s
2002

We created our FarmSource Program to connect our restaurants with local farmers and manufacturers.

2004

Team Smiley and Smiley's Cookie Cruiser made their debut.

2004

Smiley Cookies become available for sale online.

2007

Eat'n Park Restaurants go smoke free, for the health of our guests and team members.

2008

Our very first pickup window opens at our Monroeville restaurant.

2010s
2010

Our online store expands to become SmileyCookie.com. Smiley Cookies can now be shipped anywhere in the U.S., and to APO/FPO addresses.

2010

We constructed and opened the first LEED-certified Eat'n Park restaurant in the City of Pittsburgh - in the Waterworks shopping center.

2011

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group receives National Restaurant Association's "Restaurant Neighbor" Award

2012

We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Christmas Star.

2014

Construction is completed for the new Banksville Eat’n Park.

2014

Jim Broadhurst wins the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Gold Plate Award.

2014

The Eat’n Park Mobile App goes live for iPhone and Android.

2016

Our Caring For Kids Campaign surpasses $10 million.

2016

A Tradition Begins: Our first ever Day of Smiles!

2016

We introduce online ordering for takeout.

2017

Eat’n Park partners with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs to sponsor Parker, a soon-to-be service dog.

Sustainability

We’ve been celebrating our FarmSource program for more than 15 years.

FarmSource is our local purchasing program that allows us to offer our guests locally grown and produced foods. We use these foods not only on our Soup, Salad and Fruit Bar, but also in a variety of our menu items such as our hand cut, homemade coleslaw.

The idea of FarmSource was developed so that our guests can enjoy fresh, wholesome foods while also supporting the local agricultural community. Last year alone, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group spent more than $20 million on locally-sourced food.
 

 

"We here at Yarnick's Farm appreciate our friends at Eat'n Park. They are dedicated to local farmers and their families and understand the importance of buying fresh and local. They are an outstanding company to work with."
- Dan Yarnick, Yarnick's Farm

We partner with more than 200 farms and dairies in our Eat’n Park footprint. Learn more about our FarmSource partners on our sustainability blog

We don't stop at just local farms, though - our partnerships extend to other local, family-owned producers. Partners like Parma Sausage, Coffee Tree Roasters , and Turner Dairy  share our commitment to quality, and provide us with the finest ingredients to feature in our menu.
 

 

Other Sustainable Initiatives

Since the year 2002, our company has made significant steps towards more sustainable business practices through our EcoStepsSM program.  This sustainability program includes initiatives such as:

  • Our FarmSource Program
  • Purchasing rBST–free dairy products such as sour cream, cottage cheese, milk, buttermilk, and yogurt
  • Recycling bottles, cans, and cardboard across all of our restaurants
  • Recycling nearly half a million pounds of used cooking oil annually
  • Utilizing more energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Switching to cloth rags rather than disposable rags to clean our tables
  • Eliminating  placemats from all of our restaurants
  • Eliminating paper towels in our restrooms
  • Incorporating induction cooking into newly remodeled restaurants and rebuilds
  • Sourcing only chickens certified by Global Animal Partnership (GAP) and requiring all chickens to be processed using a pre-shackle, multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system by 2024
  • Sourcing cage-free eggs by 2025


Our LEED Gold-Certified Restaurant

In 2009, we decided we wanted to be a restaurant leader in sustainability and achieved a LEED Gold certification for our newest Eat’n Park Restaurant. 

The restaurant, located in the Fox Chapel neighborhood of Pittsburgh, incorporates many unique sustainable elements including: energy star-rated kitchen appliances, rainwater barrels to water the restaurant landscaping, specially-designed skylights which amplify natural light, 12-watt LED lighting through the restaurant, and environmentally friendly and recycled construction materials.

The next time you are in, make sure to look for our “touch points” which highlight the restaurant’s sustainable features. 

We continue to incorporate many of the new ideas that we learned from this special venture into all of our remodels.

EAT'N PARK HOSPITALITY GROUP

Started as a single restaurant in Pittsburgh more than 65 years ago, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group has grown into a portfolio of regional foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining. We now serve more than 50 million guests every year in our restaurants, on college and corporate campuses, and in every state through our online store.

Read more about each of our brands below, or click here to visit the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group website.

 

EAT'N PARK RESTAURANTS

Eat'n Park was founded in 1949 as the first Pittsburgh-area drive-in restaurant with carhops. Though the carhops are gone, and we now have more than 65 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, one thing remains the same -- our commitment to providing great food, exceptional value, and outstanding service.

To learn more about Eat'n Park, click here

 

 

HELLO BISTRO

Hello Bistro has been unifying vegetarians and carnivores under one roof since 2012. In addition to a ginormous salad bar where you can top, chop, and rock your greens, we’re known for cooking up juicy burgers fresh off the grill that are certain to tickle your fancy.

But we don't stop where the burger meets the bun. Typical overachievers, we're also serving up grilled sam'iches, homemade soup, and tasty beverages to wet your whistle. Add a dash of attitude and a heaping helping of pop culture references, and there you have it: a sassy, spectacular fast-casual brand with a knack for chopping salads.

To learn more about Hello Bistro, click here

 

 

THE PORCH

With two locations serving Oakland and the South Hills, The Porch features thoughtfully-crafted seasonal food made with fresh ingredients from our local partners and farms. 

The Porch is an authentic everyday experience for a casual meal, a special occasion destination, or a great place to reconnect with friends over a scratch-made meal and a cold drink on our porch.

To learn more about The Porch, click here.

 

 

SMILEYCOOKIE.COM

Smileycookie.com is our online store, offering Eat’n Park’s signature fresh-baked, hand-iced Smiley Cookies for delivery all over the country.

Smileycookie.com makes it easy for you to share a smile with anyone, anywhere, for any occasion. Our famous cookies take the celebratory shape of hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, jack-o-lanterns and more for holidays and special occasions, and are available in virtually any color combination to sweeten the offer.

Customers can even order customized cookies to match wedding colors, sport teams, corporate logos and more! Our cookies can be delivered fresh nearly anywhere to as many addresses as you choose.

Cookies ordered via SmileyCookie.com are kosher certified, nut-free, trans-fat free and backed with a 100% guarantee.

To send a smile today, visit www.SmileyCookie.com.

 

 

PARKHURST DINING

Parkhurst Dining, founded in 1996, is dedicated to creating personal relationships and authentic culinary experiences for corporations and private higher education institutions.

With an ever-present focus on quality, sustainability, and craftmanship, we offer a personalized approach to dining services and catering, tailoring highly customized programs to meet the needs of each client. Though we hang our hat on customization over standardization, Parkhurst Dining remains unwavering in our Culinary Gold Standards, which range from made-from-scratch pizza dough, to fresh stock soups, to hand-cut French fries.

We aim to nourish, comfort, and excite through our food offerings every single day.

To learn more about Parkhurst Dining Services, our Gold Standards, and why we’re a leader in on-site dining, click here