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Eat'n Park Wins National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award


This is the Place for Smiles.

A title screen shows the following text: 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award. Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. Large Business Award.

Montage of team members' smiling faces. Jim Broadhurst, Chairman, voiceover:

>>JIM BROADHURST: This is the Place for Smiles. We'd started back in 1949, as basically a car hop.

Photos of Smiley Merchandise and Eat'n Park restaurant exterior with voiceover from Trina DeMarco, Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships:

>>TRINA DEMARCO: Sixty-one years later, we have seventy-three restaurants now across three states. We're a familiar friend; people trust us as a place to come with their family and have a great meal,so we should really support them outside of our restaurants too, and that's a commitment we take really seriously.

Montage of Caring for Kids collateral. Then cut to Trina sitting in Eat'n Park dining room:

>>TRINA DEMARCO: Caring for Kids started as a really simple idea in 1979 with one of our servers. She was really passionate about giving back to the community, and decided to have a fundraiser to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The next year, she challenged her peers to do the same.

Voiceover of Jim Broadhurst over montage of Caring for Kids Campaign photos:

>>JIM BROADHURST: The Caring for Kids Campaign is truly a grassroots effort. Our employees get really excited about raising money and using their own creative talents.

Montage continues of Caring For Kids photos. Voiceover of Trina DeMarco:

>>TRINA DEMARCO: This is our largest fundraising campaign of the year. It's something that everyone in this company looks forward to.

Cut to Linda Mayou, Caring For Kids Campaign Chairperson at Monongahela Eat'n Park:

>>LINDA MAYOU: They just cannot wait to get it started. They just, "Can't we start it sooner? Can't we start it sooner?"

Caring for Kids montage with Trina voiceover:

>>TRINA DEMARCO: And it turns into quite the competition.

Cut back to Linda in restaurant:

>>LINDA MAYOU: We do a sportsman's giveaway, we do a holiday bash, we also raffle things off at the restaurant, like Steeler baskets. We do a round up. We're rounding up your change for Children's Hospital. We also sell car tickets!

Voiceover of Greg Barett, President of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation over Caring For Kids Montage:

>>GREG BARRETT: The wait staff here set aside Tips for Tots, where they set aside a day to give their tips to support Children's Hospital, and that's an enormous contribution.

Text on screen: Since 1979, more than $7 million has been raised for Children's Hospitals in Eat'n Park communities. This year they hope to pass the $8 million mark.

Voiceover from Jim Broadhurst over another Caring For Kids photo montage:

>>JIM BROADHURST: The great thing in raising money for Children's Hospital is it helps kids, and we're a family restaurant chain, and I know a lot of people have been treated at the hospital.

Cut to LInda in restaurant:

>>LINDA MAYOU: This campaign has a special meaning, and that special meaning is my daughter Nicole. She had a neuroblastoma, and the hospital was right there for me.

Linda voiceover continues over shots of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Eat'n Park Atrium:

>>LINDA MAYOU: That is definitely why I am willing to do whatever it takes to help them.

Trina DeMarco voiceover over video of team members smiling.

>>TRINA DEMARCO: The Caring for Kids campaign is a success for one reason: and it's because of the dedication of our team members.

Montage of smiling team members working in restuarant over Greg Barrett voiceover:

>>GREG BARRETT: These people are so dedicated to this, and they work so hard. I am absolutely thrilled that Eat'n Park won this award, and I can't think of any organization deserves this more than them.

Montage continues.

Text appears on screen: Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Large Business Award. 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award.

Corporate Careers

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Corporate Support Center is the home base for all of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group's brands.

Our office environment is one that is like no other. We are located in the Waterfront shopping mall a few miles outside of Pittsburgh. We offer free parking, an onsite gym, riverfront deck, full kitchen, team engagement events such as monthly birthday celebrations, Kennywood day and office parties, as well as our full benefits package. Benefits include:

  • Medical/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Long Term Disability
  • Community Activities and Volunteerism
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Vacation/Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Service Awards
  • Salary Continuance
  • 401K Plan
  • Meal Discounts
  • Prescription Plan
  • Access to Training Programs  

The best thing is that you get to tell folks that you work for Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, one of the most well-respected organizations in Pittsburgh.

The departments at the CSC include:

  • IT
  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Benefits
  • Real Estate
  • Facilities and Maintenance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

To see what opportunities are available at our Corporate Support Center, click here.

Management Careers

Eat’n Park needs individuals who know how to smile and have fun. Since there’s lots of hard work in the hospitality business, we try to enjoy ourselves while doing it! If you have a passion for teamwork and being involved with the community, then you have what it takes to be successful at Eat’n Park. Just take it from our managment team...

"I started at 15 years old as a greeter, and have moved my way up into management.  There are so many opportunities and incentives within the company for both hourly employees and managers. It's nice to work for a company that truly cares about people!"

- Sarah H., Natrona Heights Eat'n Park (16 years of service)

"Eat'n Park is committed to providing advancement opportunities through continuous training, personal development classes, management seminars and tuition reimbursement. I was able to move from the training program to manager in just over a year!"

- Deborah B., Pittsburgh Mills Eat'n Park (2 years of service)

In order to join our management team you need to have either:

  • 1 year of restaurant or food service experience with a college degree

OR

  • 1 year of restaurant or food service supervisory experience

Once you have completed your training, the sky is the limit with how far you can go.

We take training and people very seriously. Everyone has a unique management training experience.  Depending on your background and experience, your management training period will be between 7 and 12 weeks. Each management trainee is partnered with an experienced manager as a peer advisor for a period of 4 months. Development does not stop after the management training program. We have ongoing training classes designed for every level of management, as well as a mapping plan to take you from Assistant Manager to Manager, and Manager to General Manager. Ninety-nine percent of our General Managers are promoted from within.

 

 

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Management Benefits

Along with our performance-based salaries, we also have a competitive benefits package. Our management team members enjoy excellent health benefits. Some of our benefits include:

  • Medical/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401K Plan
  • Discounts
  • Individualized Management Training Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Prescription Plan
  • Paid Vacation, with option to purchase extra vacation days
  • Long Term Disability
  • Salary Continuance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Service Awards
  • Community Activities and Volunteerism
  • Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day
  • One weekend off a month

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is critical to a long and prosperous career with Eat’n Park. So, on top of all the benefits above, our managers also enjoy one FULL weekend off per month.

If you are interested in a career in management, please apply here.

Hourly Careers

Whether you have previous restaurant experience or not, as long as you can smile and have fun, we can teach you the rest!

We want our team members to be happy and successful. We support this goal by offering great training, flexible schedules, and development opportunities for the following positions: server, greeter, buffet person, preparation person, cook, baker, dishwasher, or certified shift supervisor.

But don't take it from us. Here's what our team members have to say...

"I love working at Eat'n Park because of my fellow co-workers helping me out and being so understanding when I first started. My favorite part of being a greeter is getting to create smiles - on customers, and on cookies!"

- Savannah, Greeter at the Austintown Eat'n Park (6 months of service)

"My management team has always been flexible with my schedule while I was raising my children. Then, when my mother was bedridden and living in another state, my managers never hesitated to give me time off for weeks and months at a time to care for her. Now, I'm a grandmother of 2 (and soon to be 4!). They continue to work around my schedule while I take care of my grandbabies. I'm thankful for Eat'n Park's family values and loyalty." 

- Ellen, Greeter, Server, Trainer, and Shift Supervisor at the McKnight Road Eat'n Park (18 years of service)

"I enjoy the flexible hours and having off whenever I have something important I need to attend. I also get to work with my grandma, aunt, and brother. And the rest of my co-workers are nice, wonderful people, too! To be honest, I couldn't be happier working with this group of outstanding individuals. Eat'n Park is awesome!"

- Mitchel, Cook, Salad Bar, and Buffet Person at the Butler (Clearview) Eat'n Park (5 years of service)

Here are just a few more reasons to join the team at Eat'n Park...

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Regardless of your position, we offer our team members a competitive benefits package that is based upon minimum hourly requirements.

These benefits include:

  • Flexible Schedule
  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical/Dental/Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401K Plan
  • Meal Discounts
  • Short Term Disability
  • Service Awards
  • Community Activities and Volunteerism

Additionally, team members are offered the opportunity to advance their careers with Eat’n Park by entering our management training program. In fact, over 50% of our management team began their careers as hourly team members.

We always have room for another smiling face. Click here to apply online. Visit our locations page to find the Eat'n Park nearest you.

Internships

At Eat’n Park, we offer several exciting internship opportunities. As an Eat’n Park intern, you’ll be immersed in our culture while gaining valuable hands-on experience.  Our internships include experiences on Team Smiley, in our restaurants, and at the Corporate Support Center. 


Team Smiley Internships

Looking for a sweet internship?  Have an appetite for adventure?  Do you love Eat’n Park? 

If you answered yes to these three questions, you may be interested in joining Team Smiley!  As a part of an elite group of marketing interns, you’ll represent a leading restaurant chain and work with the public in a high-profile role. It’s a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, both in the field and in the office.  Team Smiley interns are the driving force behind Eat’n Park’s mobile marketing program and operate and maintain Smiley’s Cookie Cruiser – plus they have fun while doing it!  Our intern team spreads goodwill (and Smiley Cookies!) all summer long at community and family events throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  While in the office, interns work hand-in-hand with the marketing department to brainstorm and develop new projects, execute promotions, and create smiles for guests and team members.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity from Team Smiley themselves:

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Become a better leader, work as part of a team, and experience marketing firsthand all while having fun! To apply, click here.


Restaurant Internships

If you have a real interest in the restaurant industry, our paid Management Residency Program (MRP) program is your chance to explore career options while earning valuable experience.

During the MRP, you will be trained in several hourly departments. After being certified, in each department, you will direct the entire team during your scheduled shifts. You will learn cash handling procedures, product ordering, and effective team member management, and you also will experience guest interactions. Our MRP is ten weeks long (400 hours) and is modeled after our management training program.

Our paid Management Residency Program (MRP) program is your chance to explore career options while earning valuable experience.

Interns are required to complete a project at their restaurant and present it to senior leaders. This is an outstanding opportunity to network with executives and showcase your talents.  The MRP is only available once a year.   Click here for opportunities.


Corporate Support Center Internships

Our Corporate Support Center team is comprised of friendly, talented individuals in the following departments: IT, Real Estate, Accounting, Finance, Payroll, Benefits, Facilities Maintenance, Human Resources, and Marketing. Our internships vary by department.

What Makes Eat'n Park Special

There’s a reason that we’ve been in business for over 70 years: team members who are passionate about delivering a fantastic experience for every guest, every day.  We recognize that our team members make us who we are, so we strive to support them and their communities in any way we can.

Below are some of the ways that we stand out from the crowd.

Tailored Training Programs

Everyone is unique and every job demands different skills.  That’s why you won’t find a one-size-fits-all training program at Eat’n Park. Our training programs are customized to meet our team members’ needs as they advance through our organization.  Whether you are an hourly or a salaried team member, your training is individualized based on your education and work experience.  We offer over 30 different classes, including but not limited to:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • ServSafe®
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Time Management  

Our tailored training programs are customized to meet our team members’ needs as they advance through our organization.

Bill Moore (left), our Director of Safety and Security, teaching a class to team members.


We believe that we offer a quality of training that is above the crowd. Training Magazine thought so too! In 2008, they ranked us among the country’s Top 125 training companies. 


Team Member Benefits

At Eat’n Park, we pride ourselves on taking care of our team members. In fact, in 2010, the American Business Ethics Award Program (ABEA) recognized Eat’n Park as a national award winner for our commitment to our team members and our local communities.

Depending on your role at Eat'n Park, you may be eligible for benefits such as:

  • Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • 401K Plan
  • Health/Life/Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Volunteer & Community Activity Programs
  • Meal Discounts at Eat'n Park and Six Penn Kitchen
  • Extensive Training Opportunities
  • One weekend off per month for restaurant managers

Click here to see benefits available for hourly, management or corporate support center team members.


Sustainability Initiatives

We are a leader in the family dining industry when it comes to sustainability. Company-wide programs aim to reduce our environmental impact through lowered energy usage, decreased waste, and local sourcing.

In fact, the introduction of our FarmSource program in 2002 pioneered the creation of the infrastructure needed to get local products into the hands of our suppliers and onto the plates of our guests. Through FarmSource, we offer fresh fruits, produce, meats, and dairy products that are produced within a 150-mile radius of our restaurants.

Jamie Moore, our Director of Sourcing and Sustainability, visits Ben Wiers of Wiers Farm in Willard, OH.

Jamie Moore (left), our Director of Sourcing and Sustainability, visits Dan Yarnick (right) of Yarnick's Farm in Indiana, PA. Yarnick's Farm supplies Eat’n Park Restaurants with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and yellow squash.

Inside our restaurants, small steps have a big impact. 100% of our trans-fat-free fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel. We’ve eliminated placemats in our restaurants to preserve trees and reduce landfill space.   We use recycled raw materials during restaurant construction and remodeling.  And in 2010, we made our biggest move yet: We opened the first LEED-built restaurant in the city of Pittsburgh.  This Eat’n Park location is packed to the gills with features that improve our energy efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint.  The restaurant even generates some of its own power through a 40-foot wind turbine on the roof.  Interested? Read more about this innovative restaurant here.


Community Involvement

Community involvement is woven into the fabric of the Eat’n Park culture. We're more than just a business; we're a neighbor. And as a neighbor, we're dedicated to doing our best to make the communities we serve as strong and vital as possible.  Every year, we donate five percent of our pre-tax earnings to local charitable organizations.   Working with community partners, we’re able to leverage our resources to raise funds for important causes. Perhaps our best-known program is our annual Caring for Kids campaign, which has raised over $10 million for local children’s hospitals over the past 30+ years. 

In fact, in 2011, we received the national Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association for our fundraising efforts through Caring for Kids.  Our team members have poured their hearts into this campaign, and to be selected from all of the restaurants in the country was truly an honor.

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For more information on how we get involved with our communities, click here.


Volunteerism

We don’t just make financial donations; sometimes, the gift of time is even more powerful. Our team members annually donate more than 40,000 hours of their time to causes close their hearts. We support these team members in their efforts with a company-wide volunteer program that enables team members to make time for this important work, and recognizes them for their service.  Thanks to the dedication of our team members, our volunteer program has been recognized by the national Points of Light Foundation, and we’ve been a recipient of the Corporate Partner of the Year award from Pittsburgh Cares.

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Every year, we also like to recognize team members who have gone above and beyond in their community by presenting our Volunteer of the Year award. From over 1,000 dedicated volunteers, we pick one winner who receives a donation on behalf of the company towards the charity of their choice. 

Pictured above: Kayla Frattini, our 2019 Volunteer of the Year Winner.

2019 Volunteer of the Year finalists:

  • Aubriana Henry (Indiana Eat’n Park)
  • Joel Grimm (Clarion Eat’n Park)
  • Autumn Grimm (Clarion Eat’n Park)
  • Michael Riek (Somerset Eat’n Park)
  • Heather Hibala (Corporate Support Center)
  • Regina Diana (Avalon Eat’n Park) 
  • Magail Heaps (Greensburg Eat’n Park)


Corporate Giving

Throughout the last six decades, Eat’n Park’s core values have driven our growth: provide great dining experiences, great food, and great prices for every single guest while being a good neighbor in the communities we serve.

We invest at least 5% of our pre-tax earnings to support nonprofit organizations. We’re passionate about leveraging our dollars and resources to Enhance our Communities- One Smile at a Time.

We support a wide variety of causes, but our three primary areas of philanthropic focus are:

Sharing Smiles Supporting family wellness and fitness
Growing Smiles Providing access to healthy food and education about food choices, particularly for kids
Hero Smiles Enhancing the lives of military veterans and their families

    
Awards

We are constantly striving to exceed our guests' and team members' expectations. Click here to check out just some of our awards.