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Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's Smiley's Birthday! Enjoy 99-cent Kids' Meals!

Smiley’s Birthday is here, which means it’s time to party with 99-cent kids’ meals*, now through June 30th. Plus, all kids who visit during his party will receive a special Smiley treat bag containing a Smiley tattoo, sticker, wristband, and their choice of apple, mini Smiley Cookie, or Smiley Cookie!

We’ve also brought back our Stay Active Coloring Contest! Stop in to any Eat’n Park to get a coloring sheet, where kids can illustrate how they like to stay active.  One winner from every restaurant will receive a Backyard Activity Kit, filled with all the makings of a fun, active summer – a basketball, jump rope, chalk, soccer ball, hula hoop, wiffle ball and bat, football, Frisbee, beach ball, and sunscreen. Plus, one lucky grand prize winner will take home four Smiley bikes, so the whole family can stay active together. 

Smiley will also be celebrating his birthday with various friends and events around the city. On Sunday, June 8, Smiley will be attending the Carnegie Library Reading Extravaganza. In addition to cookie decorating, at 2:45 p.m., Smiley will don a party hat and join the children on the front stairs of the library for complimentary birthday cake and a birthday sing-along!

He’ll also be spending time at the Pittsburgh Zoo during Eat’n Park Family Week, June 14 – June 22 and making appearances at the Carnegie Science Center on June 15 and the 22. You can also stop in to your local Eat’n Park for a coupon to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum!

And last, but certainly not least, Smiley will be making birthday appearances  at many of our locations - just click here to see if and when he’ll be visiting YOUR Eat’n Park.  Kids can personally wish Smiley a happy birthday, as well as decorate their very own Smiley Cookie.

Smiley’s Birthday ends on Monday, June 30, 2014.

*99-cent kids' meals not valid on breakfast and brunch buffets or on takeout. Guest check must include one adult meal. Kids' treat bags available while supplies last.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Memorial Day Bakery Headquarters

It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day is only a few days away. And whether you’re in charge of bringing the cookies or the pie, we've got you covered!

Our famous Strawberry Pie is on sale this month for just $9.99!  Or choose from Lemon Meringue, Oreo Crème, Apple, and many more.* All of our pies are baked fresh daily and are absolutely delicious!

And did we mention that you can call ahead and order YOUR favorite pies, and we'll have them ready when you are?! Just click here for the phone number of your local Eat'n Park so you can place your order today.

And don't forget to grab a dozen Smiley Cookies – they make everyone smile!

Happy Memorial Day!

*Pie availability varies. Call your local Eat'n Park ahead of time if you are requesting a particular flavor.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Strawberry Specials are here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year … Strawberry Season! We've got some great strawberry specials that you're sure to love. Read on to see what's new!

First up is our famous Strawberry Pie – we've been making them since 1954! Boasting two whole pounds of strawberries in every pie, it's on sale this month for $9.99.

Love strawberries but prefer your pie a bit creamier? Try our Strawberry Crème Pie! It's the best of both worlds!

Strawberries are great for breakfast, too! Our classic Strawberry Belgian Waffle is topped with freshly sliced strawberries and whipped topping. It’s less than 400 calories and is just $5.99.

Thinking salad? Our Chicken and Strawberry Salad is back! Grilled julienne slice of tender chicken breast served on a bed of mixed greens and crisp spinach, topped with sliced fresh strawberries, sliced almonds and our warm poppy and sesame seed dressing. It also comes with our fresh-baked strawberry bread. Delicious! Just $7.99. It's even better when you add bleu cheese crumbles for 50¢!

Speaking of salad, our Fruit Salad offers a sweet and juicy medley of six of the season's finest USDA #1 fruits! Served with a scoop of sherbet or cottage cheese, and our exclusive creamy dipping sauce. $7.99

And last but certainly not least – Strawberry beverages! We’re featuring Strawberry Lemonade and our famous Strawberry Milkshake. Simply sweet and berry delicious!


The New Banksville Eat’n Park

Did you hear? We have officially broken ground at our new Banksville Eat’n Park!  That’s right; we’re building a completely new Eat’n Park restaurant right next to our current one! Don’t worry; our current Banksville restaurant is still open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the construction.

Our Banksville team members at our ground breaking ceremony
The all-new Banksville Eat'n Park will feature a spacious lobby and bakery, private dining room, more flexible seating for larger parties and families, and a bigger parking lot. We're also adding a pickup window, which means you'll be able to pick up your takeout order without leaving your car!

The new Banksville Eat’n Park will be opening in November. Stop back soon to see photos of our progress!

Draft illustration of the future Banksville Eat’n Park


Our Famous Strawberry Pie: Celebrating 60 Years!

It's hard to believe we've been serving up Strawberry Pie for 60 years!

I’m Bill Moore - the Director of Safety and Security at Eat’n Park. I have a lot of great memories of Eat’n Park. My grandfather, Larry Hatch, founded Eat'n Park in 1949, so, as you may imagine, this company is an important part of my family’s history.

I started with the company in 1979 as a dishwasher, and I soon met a waitress who turned out to be the girl of my dreams. I married her 10 years later. My brother in-law met his wife while working at Eat'n Park, too. My wife's parents met at the Bridgeville Eat'n Park as teenagers. In the last 60 years, more than 22 members of my family have worked for Eat'n Park. In 2008, my son Ryan became the 4th generation of our family to work for the company.

I take great pride in my family’s history with Eat'n Park, but one of the greatest contributions my family has given Eat'n Park is the Strawberry Pie. My mother came up with the recipe in our kitchen at home. My father, Bob Moore, tested many types of strawberry glazes that were, in his words, "god-awful." He came home and asked my mom, Claire, if she could do better, and boy, did she ever! She made several pies and submitted them to our neighbors in Scott Township. When the comments came back - “too sweet,” “too tart,” etc., Mom hung in there to perfect the recipe. After quite a few rounds and many taste tests later, the neighbors finally all agreed that she had produced a delicious pie. I guess our guests agree, too. It’s become a favorite of so many people.

Bill and his Mom, Claire,
with the now-famous Strawberry Pie.
A little known fact about our Strawberry Pie is that Eat'n Park was one of the first places ever to receive fresh strawberries (or any other produce for that matter) by air freight. In 1962, Eat'n Park served fresh Strawberry Pie throughout the winter, with strawberries shipped from Plant City, Florida. At the time, this was unheard of. Another little known fact is that I make the best Strawberry Pie in the company. It must be in my genes!

Bill Moore
Director of Safety & Security