Press Releases

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Recognized with National American Business Ethics Award
Hospitality Group Honored for Business Conduct, Commitment to Team Members and Communities

PITTSBURGH – October 14, 2010 – Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (www.eatnpark.com) is one of the country’s leading ethical companies because of its commitment to team members and local communities, according to the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals (FSP), which sponsors the annual American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) program.

ABEA selected Eat’n Park Hospitality Group as the leading ethical organization in the country in the large company category (more than 2,500 employees).  Previously, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture had nominated Eat’n Park locally for demonstrating leadership and ethics around sustainability issues.  Eat’n Park Hospitality Group had already been selected as the Pennsylvania ethics award winner earlier this year.

The national award was presented to Jeff Broadhurst, President and CEO, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, and Karen Bolden Chief People Officer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, in Orlando, FL, October 9.

Serving its first burgers and shakes in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has grown to become one of the leading foodservice and family dining chains in the region, with more than 100 locations and 9,000 employees company-wide.

According to Broadhurst, the guiding force for all of Eat’n Park’s business initiatives is its core values of commitment to people, quality food, innovation, fiscal responsibility, and integrity.  “We work hard everyday to ensure these values are reflected in the company’s business practices,” he said. “Our collective goal is to always do what is right for our fellow team members, our communities and the guests we serve.”

Doing what is right meant the company decided to establish smoke-free restaurants before it was legally required in Pennsylvania; partner with the American Red Cross to donate more than $100,000 to the Haitian earthquake victims; and create FarmSource – a comprehensive program to buy local produce from local farmers.  The company has purchased more than $17 million of produce from local farmers. Recently, the company was awarded the 2009 Harvest Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food from Glynwood, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save farming in the Northeast and increase access to locally produced and sourced foods.

Aligned with FarmSource, the company’s EcoSteps program helps reduce the company’s environmental footprint. Included are practices such as:  purchasing rBST-free dairy, reducing paper waste in all restaurant locations, recycling fryer oil into bio-fuel, utilizing more energy-efficient light bulbs, and composting and developing gardens at many Parkhurst and Cura locations, among other initiatives. This will include the installation of the first wind turbine at a restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania in 2010 at Eat’n Park’s Fox Chapel, PA, location.

According to Broadhurst, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group also contributes at least 5 percent of pre-tax earnings every year to the community and, since 1979, has raised more than $7 million through the company’s “Caring for Kids” fundraising campaign, which supports children’s hospitals in three states.

About Eat'n Park Hospitality Group:

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining.  The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and Six Penn Kitchen, a neighborhood American bistro.  Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and CURA Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities.

About Abea:

The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals works in conjunction with the 178 Chapters of the Society of FSP across the United States to foster regional ABEA programs. Established in 1994, the American Business Ethics Award recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business conduct and in response to specific crises or challenges.  Organizations are rated in four broad areas: executive commitment to ethics, ongoing ethics programming, demonstrated ethical business practices, and commitment to stakeholders, including employees, customers, and the community.

Contact:

Kevin O’Connell  
Eat’n Park Restaurants  
412-461-2000, office

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Recognized with National American Business Ethics Award
Hospitality Group Honored for Business Conduct, Commitment to Team Members and Communities

PITTSBURGH – October 14, 2010 – Eat’n Park Hospitality Group (www.eatnpark.com) is one of the country’s leading ethical companies because of its commitment to team members and local communities, according to the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals (FSP), which sponsors the annual American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) program.

ABEA selected Eat’n Park Hospitality Group as the leading ethical organization in the country in the large company category (more than 2,500 employees).  Previously, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture had nominated Eat’n Park locally for demonstrating leadership and ethics around sustainability issues.  Eat’n Park Hospitality Group had already been selected as the Pennsylvania ethics award winner earlier this year.

The national award was presented to Jeff Broadhurst, President and CEO, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, and Karen Bolden Chief People Officer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, in Orlando, FL, October 9.

Serving its first burgers and shakes in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has grown to become one of the leading foodservice and family dining chains in the region, with more than 100 locations and 9,000 employees company-wide.

According to Broadhurst, the guiding force for all of Eat’n Park’s business initiatives is its core values of commitment to people, quality food, innovation, fiscal responsibility, and integrity.  “We work hard everyday to ensure these values are reflected in the company’s business practices,” he said. “Our collective goal is to always do what is right for our fellow team members, our communities and the guests we serve.”

Doing what is right meant the company decided to establish smoke-free restaurants before it was legally required in Pennsylvania; partner with the American Red Cross to donate more than $100,000 to the Haitian earthquake victims; and create FarmSource – a comprehensive program to buy local produce from local farmers.  The company has purchased more than $17 million of produce from local farmers. Recently, the company was awarded the 2009 Harvest Award for Connecting Communities, Farmers and Food from Glynwood, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save farming in the Northeast and increase access to locally produced and sourced foods.

Aligned with FarmSource, the company’s EcoSteps program helps reduce the company’s environmental footprint. Included are practices such as:  purchasing rBST-free dairy, reducing paper waste in all restaurant locations, recycling fryer oil into bio-fuel, utilizing more energy-efficient light bulbs, and composting and developing gardens at many Parkhurst and Cura locations, among other initiatives. This will include the installation of the first wind turbine at a restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania in 2010 at Eat’n Park’s Fox Chapel, PA, location.

According to Broadhurst, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group also contributes at least 5 percent of pre-tax earnings every year to the community and, since 1979, has raised more than $7 million through the company’s “Caring for Kids” fundraising campaign, which supports children’s hospitals in three states.

About Eat'n Park Hospitality Group:

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining.  The restaurant division includes Eat’n Park Restaurants and Six Penn Kitchen, a neighborhood American bistro.  Its contract foodservice division includes: Parkhurst Dining Services, a provider of contract dining services to businesses, higher education institutions and cultural centers; and CURA Hospitality; which enhances life around great food through contract dining and management services for regional hospitals and senior living facilities.

About Abea:

The Foundation for Financial Service Professionals works in conjunction with the 178 Chapters of the Society of FSP across the United States to foster regional ABEA programs. Established in 1994, the American Business Ethics Award recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business conduct and in response to specific crises or challenges.  Organizations are rated in four broad areas: executive commitment to ethics, ongoing ethics programming, demonstrated ethical business practices, and commitment to stakeholders, including employees, customers, and the community.

Contact:

Kevin O’Connell  
Eat’n Park Restaurants  
412-461-2000, office