Saturday, May 26, 2012

Partner Spotlight of the Month: Special Olympics

Every month here on our blog, we'll be highlighting one of our non-profit partnerships. This month, learn a little more about the Special Olympics.



“Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion for all people.” That was the mission of Special Olympics in 1968 when the program was created and remains the organization’s goal over 40 years later.

Special Olympics provides year-round athletic opportunities and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities of different levels. Participants are able to experience physical activity and training; teamwork and camaraderie; and the joy that comes with competing and training with their friends, families, and coaches. Athletes of different abilities and disabilities are able to come together and celebrate their dedication and success, on the field and off.

Eat’n Park is a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania through financial support, Cookie Cruiser appearances, and many Smiley Cookie donations for tired athletes! You’ll also find Smiley Cookies at events in West Virginia and Ohio, too. Many Eat’n Park team members dedicate their own time and energy to volunteer at events or coach a Special Olympics team. The spirit of giving of thousands of volunteers has made Special Olympics as successful as it is.

As the world prepares for the Summer Olympic Games in London, thousands of athletes in over 200 countries will be competing in their own summer Olympic Games, closer to home. Races will be run, games will be won, gold medals will be awarded, and the smiles will be abundant.

You can learn more about Special Olympics, including how to get involved and donate at http://www.specialolympics.org./

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free Dessert at Eat'n Park for Military Personnel on Armed Forces Day!

This Saturday, May 19, is Armed Forces Day - a day to pay tribute to the men and women who are serving our country. These mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters deserve our respect and admiration year-round, but Armed Forces Day is a day for all of us to recognize their sacrifices.

For our part, we'd like to invite all active military personnel AND veterans to stop in to Eat'n Park on Armed Forces Day to enjoy a free dessert, our treat. It's our small - but delicious - way of saying thanks.

Coupon valid May 19, 2012.
Must be printed to be redeemed.

Additionally, we are offering free shipping to all APO addresses from our online store at SmileyCookie.com through June 4. You don't need a special code; shipping will automatically be free for all orders sent to an APO address. Click to shop now.

On behalf of everyone at Eat'n Park, we'd like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our armed forces, active and retired. We salute you!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Our Team Members Make Us Smile!

At Eat'n Park in May, we always celebrate two things: The arrival of strawberries (It's the Merry Berry Month of May, remember?) and our fantastic team members. May is team member appreciation month, when we recognize the people to whom we owe our success.

This year, we asked our email club members to share their stories of team members who make their Eat'n Park visits special. Below are a few of the responses we received. You'll notice a common theme among them; it's not that one of our team members saved a guest's life (though we've heard those stories, too), it's that this person routinely goes out of their way to show that they care, and takes a personal responsibility for making our guests happy. After all, that's what we're all about. We wouldn't be "the Place for Smiles" without team members like these ones.

Read on to see if you recognize any of the team members below. And if you're visiting our restaurants this month, please join us in thanking these amazing folks.

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Team Member: Chris Varner
Restaurant: Morgantown Eat'n Park

"We always try to sit at Chrissy's booth, because she makes us feel like we're visiting her at her house. If she has a minute or two, she will chat with us, which makes us feel like we're friends, and not just a customer. We've been eating "at Chrissy's" for so long, we feel we ARE friends! My husband would eat breakfast there every day if I let him. I keep telling him we can make eggs and toast at home, but he says, "Yeah, but it's not as much fun as eating at Chrissy's.”

CarolJean
Morgantown, WV

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Team Member: Laura
Restaurant: Penn Hills Eat'n Park

"She always has a smile on her face! She knows so many of her customers by name and greets everyone as they were a guest in her home. Our daughter is involved with Karate and we usually go to Eat’n Park after her classes. Laura calls our daughter her "bodyguard" and shares her accomplishments with anyone who will listen. She makes our daughter feel very special. Laura also is a wonderful waitress. She is a wonderful representative of the Eat’n Park spirit of service with a “Smile.”

Laura
Pittsburgh, PA

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Team Member: Vickie
Restaurant: Greensburg Eat'n Park

"A friend and I go to the Eat'n Park in Greensburg every Sunday morning for breakfast. We always ask to be seated in Vickie's section and are disappointed when she is on break. We have been doing this for a couple of years. Vickie knows us and what we order. She is always so pleasant and is a bright spot in our weekend. Vickie will go over and above to make our visit special. We've tried another place for breakfast, but it wasn't Eat'n Park and the server certainly could not hold a candle to "our" Vickie. She is a wonderful person and a big asset to Eat'n Park. Keep up the good work, Vickie!!"

Janet
Latrobe, PA

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Team Member: Mary L.
Restaurant: Canonsburg Eat'n Park

"Well, I have been going to this location for many years, and I ask for Mary L. Well, when I walk in Mary always has a table for me and my family. She brings me what I always order, she knows it off by heart. And she always brings me my food with a smile! She has a great personality! She gets along well with everybody in the restaurant! She never complains about anything, she does her job well, we look forward to our visits at this Eat’n Park! No one compares to Mary L. in the service she brings!!"

Lori
Mt. Lebanon, PA

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30 Eat'n Park Pickup Windows – and Counting!

Time seems like a luxury these days, and often, finding time to prepare a homecooked meal is nearly impossible. When you need a fast, convenient meal that’s still made from scratch from fresh, local ingredients, Eat’n Park takeout is the answer! And when you don’t have to leave the car to get it, well, you just don’t get much more convenient than that!

That’s why we are excited to announce the opening of our 30th pickup window today at our North Huntingdon location! If you liked Eat’n Park takeout before, you’re really going to love it now. Picking up dinner on your way home from work? Just call ahead and we’ll have your order ready for you at the window. In a few short minutes, you’ll be on your way with a hot meal!

In addition to North Huntingdon, you’ll also find pickup windows at the following Eat’n Park locations:

  • Monroeville
  • South Hills Village
  • Bell Vernon
  • Moon Twp.
  • Uniontown
  • Weirton, WV 
  • McKees Rocks
  • Fox Chapel
  • 7671 McKnight Rd.
  • Monongahela
  • Waterfront
  • Sewickley
  • Clarion
  • Indiana
  • Somerset
  • St. Clairsville, OH 
  • Chapel Hill, OH
  • Altoona
  • Medina, OH
  • Butler (Clearview)
  • Washington (Oak Spring Road)
  • New Kensington
  • Edgewood
  • Center Twp.
  • Penn Hills
  • Grove City
  • Erie (West 12th Street)
  • Warren, OH
  • Austintown, OH 
  • Chippewa (coming soon!)
And we have more pickup windows scheduled to open this year, so keep your eyes open - one might be coming to your local Eat’n Park soon!

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Donation Request System Maintenance

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc is committed to being a great partner to our guests and neighborhoods. To better serve non-profit organizations, our online donation request system will be undergoing maintenance May 7, 2012 through May 23, 2012.

If you’ve visited our donations page lately, you may have noticed that we are not currently accepting donation requests during this maintenance. That also means that during this time we will not be able to process any corporate-level donation requests.

We ask that you revisit our website, www.eatnpark.com/community_donations.asp, after May 23, 2012 to submit any corporate-level donation requests for June or later. We are not able to accept written requests.

If you have an event in June for which you would like to request the Smiley Mascot or Cookie Cruiser, please email CookieCruiser@eatnpark.com with the details of your event. For events in July or later, we ask that you revisit our donation application when the site is again functional.

But, don’t forget that our restaurants can help too! Any restaurant manager can authorize the donation of up to $15 in product, a $10 gift card, or up to 15 dozen Smiley Cookies at half-price. We apologize for the inconvenience, but look forward to improving our donations process to better enhance your experience.

Best wishes for successful fundraising!

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Make Mom Smile this Mother’s Day at Eat’n Park!

May is a special month – the weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming – and we take time to celebrate a very special person: Mom! Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13, and at Eat’n Park, it’s easy to make Mom smile.

Stop in on Mother’s Day to enjoy our Sunday Brunch from 11-2 PM. Plus, all moms visiting that day will receive a little token of our appreciation – a “Mom Makes Us Smile” magnet!

Additionally, April showers have brought May flowers – the edible kind! Flower Smiley Cookies are in full bloom, so if you’re having a family get-together on Mother’s Day, be sure to grab a dozen or two.

And if you can’t make it back to town to visit Mom this Mother’s Day, send her a special treat from SmileyCookie.com. Through May 11, you can save 10% on your order by using code “ENP10” at checkout (excludes gift cards). We have everything from a dozen cookies to chocolates to a Tower of Treats, and we’ll ship to anywhere in the U.S.!

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, don’t forget that moms love our pies! Our famous Strawberry Pie is on sale this month for just $8.99. And you can always get Mom’s other favorites, like Lemon Meringue, Apple, and Peachberry.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Special: $5 Breakfast Burrito

You don’t need to go south of the border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo…just stop in to Eat’n Park the morning of May 5th to enjoy our Breakfast Burrito – for only $5!
Breakfast Burrito - Only $5 on Cinco de Mayo! (5-11 AM)

Regularly priced at $6.99, our Breakfast Burrito is a tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, ham and chorizo sausage from Parma Sausage in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Caramelized onions, Pepper Jack cheese and chipotle sauce give this baby a true Mexican flare. It’s served with a side of salsa and breakfast potatoes. Enjoy it all for just $5 on Cinco de Mayo from 5-11 AM! OlĂ©!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Merry Berry Specials at Eat'n Park

It’s the Merry Berry Month, the Merry Berry Month, the Merry Berry Month of Maaaaaayyyyyy! If you recognize that old jingle, you might want to check out our vintage Merry Berry commercial here. It’s a classic!


Speaking of classics, let’s get right to the point: It’s May, and that means our famous Strawberry Pie is now available! It’s only $8.99 for a whole pie this month! Pie isn’t the only place we’re featuring red, ripe strawberries this month. Check out some of our other Merry Berry specials:

Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes
Chocolate. Strawberries. More chocolate. What more could you ask for? Two fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes are piled high with freshly-sliced strawberries, then finished with whipped cream and even MORE chocolate chips. Served with your choice of sausage, turkey sausage, or bacon. $5.99

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Decadent deliciousness. Two slices of Texas-cut French toast stuffed with sweet cream cheese and warm strawberry filling. Served with your choice of three pieces of crispy bacon, sausage, or turkey sausage. $5.99

Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salad
It’s back! This spring classic never disappoints. Julienne slices of tender chicken breast, grilled and served on a bed of crisp mixed greens and tender spinach. Topped with sliced fresh strawberries, sliced almonds, and our warm poppy and sesame seed dressing. Served with fresh-baked seasonal bread. $7.99

Classic Fruit Salad
Another perennial favorite returns! This makes the perfect lunch when you’re looking for something light. A sweet and juicy medley of six of the season's finest fruits with a scoop of sherbet or cottage cheese and our exclusive creamy dipping sauce. Served with fresh-baked seasonal bread. $7.99

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