Eat’n Park – #WATWB

I know that the “rules” of the We Are The World Blogfest are to link to an article that reports good news. I published a story last Wednesday about a good news story from my past, and several people said I could have used it for #WATWB. Of course, there was no article, so I didn’t feel it would fit. I don’t have an article to point to today, but I have a web page – and a very good feeling.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Eat’n Park was the local restaurant chain serving Big Boy® hamburgers. In fact, my first memories include having our order delivered on a tray that was hung on the driver’s window. Going to Eat’n Park wasn’t just going out for fast food, it was an experience that included family, the family car, some very good food, and a great milkshake. Eat’n Park would have remained a fond memory except for the fact that on a visit to Pittsburgh, when I had the pleasure of introducing our daughter Faith to my old favorite fast food restaurant.

Faith was impressed that the breakfast menu had a message to vegetarians:

“Fresh fruit may be substituted for bacon or sausage on any breakfast entrée and the price of the meal will be reduced by $1.”

Every trip to Pittsburgh since that first one has included at least one stop at an Eat’n Park. Usually, we stop at the first one we encounter on our way west.

I was searching the Eat’n Park website when I discovered their core values. This is what I am sharing for #WATWB this month. You can follow the link above to see all five core values. Below are the three that I find most important:

WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE.

We care about each other, we care about our guests, and we care about the folks who live in the communities we serve. You can check out what we are doing in the community here.

WE EMBRACE INNOVATION.

Our marketplace, our guests, and our world are always changing and we must continually look for ways to improve. We don’t change for the sake of change – we seek change to make our business and our communities better.

WE FOSTER DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.

Our teams are stronger and more engaged when we value individual and group differences.”

I find the last core value to be the most necessary in today’s world.


The “We are the World” Blogfest has extended its year-long journey and is in its 16th month. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co- are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen , welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time between now and February of 2019.


The gallery has some pictures from our various visits and while playing the Pittsburgh Edition of Monopoly (which includes Eat’n Park in the Yellow property group).

34 thoughts on “Eat’n Park – #WATWB

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  1. I’ve never heard of Eat ‘n Park, but that breakfast sure looks inviting and their core values should be adopted by other establishments. I don’t think I could give up the bacon. Later on, when I had ice cream, I would ask to have strawberries added. That would work, right?! Lol.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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  2. What a wonderful legacy to pass on to Faith. I love how she color coordinates with the red sign and building neon. It sounds like a great place where you can count on consistence good things, so rare these days. Maybe someday I will have the chance to visit one!

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  3. The one time I visited Pittsburgh, we ate breakfast in the hotel dining room. It was actually quite good, and reasonable, but had I known then about Eat’n Park (maybe it should be Park’n Eat? Just wonderin’), we could have gone there instead. One of my girls would have loved the idea of substituting fruit for the meats, while the rest of us would ask for double bacon.

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    1. Ha ha – I thought about saying “keep the dollar, and just give me her bacon” but that seemed inappropriate at the time. I would normally seek out a small diner for breakfast, but I think it’s a given that we’ll be eating at Eat’n Park. (Park and Eat was already in use when they first opened).

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  4. I’ve never eaten :-) there (or parked there), but there was one not too far away from us in Cleveland, but far enough away that we never really went there. I love their values and always like to read a positive story. I had to check the day of the week twice, though, after seeing you posted today. :-)

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet. I skipped WATW last month and I didn’t want to miss again, but I was so tired last week from work on the roof, I just couldn’t get posts out W-Th-F-S. I slid this in under the wire.

      I think it’s important for companies to go on record with their values (and to live up to them).

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  5. Hi Dan – so glad you had a minor re-shift to post about Eatn’ Park … it does sound perhaps the best of those sorts of places … I’d like to try it … one day. Certainly those three core values are three we could all do remembering at all times … diversity … that I think will be my next #WATWB. Sometimes local things come to mind … but I find it easier to post about organisations that definitely reach the #WATWB values and goals. Good to know about Eatn Park … another reason to visit Pittsburgh … cheers and enjoy tomorrow … hope those shingles, roof et al are nearly done now – take care – Hilary

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    1. Thanks Laura. When the fast food joints started popping up (McDonald’s and Wimpy’s), they built right next to the Eat’n Park in our town. For them to survive the onslaught, they have to be doing something right.

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    1. I have been involved in “innovation” my entire career, and “not changing just because you can” is something I’ve always fought against. I’ll stick with the bacon. In fact, they can keep the dollar and give me Faith’s bacon.

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  6. I wish they come to India because honestly I’m tired of McDonald’s now. Dunkin Donuts and Burger King are way better although they all lack customer service here. What do you expect when you put college students behind the counter?

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    1. In over 50 years, they haven’t expanded much farther than western, PA, and parts ot West Virginia and Ohio. The staff in these restaurants are all very nice. You can get stuff to go, but it’s mainly sit and eat.

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