You might say people are driven to dine out at these restaurants. Eat'n Park Hospitality Group operates about 80 Eat'n Park family-style restaurants located primarily in Pennsylvania. The eateries offer a full breakfast menu along with standard lunch and dinner fare. The company also runs a handful of 1950s-themed Park Classic Diners and the upscale casual Six Penn Kitchen in Pittsburgh. In addition, Eat'n Park Hospitality offers foodservices and catering through subsidiaries Parkhurst Dining Services and CURA Hospitality. Eat'n Park was founded by Pittsburgh restaurateur Larry Hatch and a group of investors in 1949. The company is controlled by the family of chairman James Broadhurst.
Eat'n Park enjoys a close association with its home city of Pittsburg and the company's promotional campaigns usually have a strong local relevance. The chain also sells "Smiley Cookies" and there is even a "Smiley" mascot. Smiley is the "ambassador" for Eat'n Park Restaurants. In addition to being available at the restaurants, Smiley Cookies are sold through the company's website and shipped throughout the US.
Jeff Broadhurst was named CEO of Eat'n Park Hospitality in 2008, replacing his father, James, after 35 years. The younger Broadhurst, who worked for fund manager Federated Investors before joining the family business, helped launch Parkhurst Dining Services before taking over as head of Eat'n Park Hospitality's core restaurant division in 2006. – less