Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tribute to a Dear Grandmother

I remember growing up as a little kid, when I would go visit my grandmother in Ruffsdale, Pennsylvania, her favorite restaurant was Eat'n Park. Every time Mom and I would go visit, we would go to Eat'n Park. Grandma would always get the same thing: the Philly steak and cheese with fries (she didn't eat fries often because she had heart problems, but she seemed to love them there). I remember every time we'd go, Grandma would say, "Maybe I will try something different this time."

My Grandmother passed away August 17, 2004. Guess what her last meal out was? Eat'n Park's Philly Steak & Cheese with Fries! For the longest time when I'd go there, I wouldn't order anything else as I felt like I was honoring my Grandma in some sort of way. Well, now my dear friend Daniel is a manager at the Eat 'n Park in Parma Ohio. Sounds silly, but it's like my Grandmother had something to do with it. I am a firm believer of that and always will be.

You can bet however, thanks to my Grandmother, I love going to Eat'n Park. When I got the email to write my memories for the 60 year anniversary, I knew I had to write this memory. I write this as I tear up and think of the good times I shared with such a wonderful woman who brought a smile to the face of everyone she met, even the Eat'n Park crew in New Stanton, PA. Thank you, Eat'n Park, for bringing back these great memories to me, and for helping me share such happy memories with my dear Grandmother.

Jeff
Maple Heights, OH Share

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