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frogger67

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Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Wed, 10/18/06 5:00 PM (permalink)
Every time I drive through Pennsylvania, I see these restaurants called Eat n' Park. The name baffles me. Shouldn't it be Park n' Eat? Who would eat and then park?
Or maybe I have it backwards?

I've never been to one, and have not seen one in other states.
Is this place similar to Sonic or Checkers? A place where you eat in your car?
 
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    Rowsdower98

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    • Location: Carbondale, IL
    RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Wed, 10/18/06 5:18 PM (permalink)
    I've never been to one eitether, but I believe it is a sitdown restaurant that started out as a drive in and never bothered to change the name. It seems to be closer to a Denny's or a Big Boy. I'll have to try it the next time I'm in Steubenville or Weirton. And yes, they are called Eat 'n Park, which to me sounds like "eating park." I don't know... Why do you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?
     
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      Billfish

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      RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Wed, 10/18/06 5:27 PM (permalink)
      I think I saw on their website that they named the outfit "Eat N' Park" because "Park N' Eat" was already spoken for.Its a full service place,not that different from a Denny's or a Perkins.Far as I can see,their breakfast buffet is their best selling point.
       
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        Oneiron339

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        RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Thu, 10/19/06 7:20 AM (permalink)
        Eat N' Park is similar to a Shoney's or Denny's as mentioned above. Varied menu, so-so IMO. I'd rather find a good roadfood place. I, too, am baffled at the name. You have to park before you eat. But the name choice explanation by Bill above makes sense.
         
        #4
          buffetbuster

          RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Thu, 10/19/06 8:11 AM (permalink)
          Eat 'n Parks are omnipresent here in Western Pa. I would consider them a step up over a Shoney's or a Denny's, but still nothing worth going out of your way for. But in a pinch, they will do just fine. I live within five miles of three of them and haven't been in one in a couple of years. They are well known for their smiley cookie and I also like their strawberry pie.

          As for the name, you got me. I guess it is like the hit and run in baseball, which really should be called a run and hit.
           
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            caratzas

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            RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Fri, 10/20/06 5:36 AM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by buffetbuster
            As for the name, you got me. I guess it is like the hit and run in baseball, which really should be called a run and hit.

            Not to mention the play that is called a "run and hit" should really be called a "steal and maybe swing."
             
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              tkitna

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              RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Sat, 10/21/06 2:46 AM (permalink)
              Yes, Eat-N-Park is on the lines of Perkins, Big Boys, Shoneys, etc,,and breakfast is their best meal. Nothing special there.
               
              #7
                buffetbuster

                RE: Eat N Park (or Park N Eat?) Wed, 10/25/06 2:29 PM (permalink)
                Eat'n Park has actually opened an upscale restaurant in Pittsburgh's cultural district. It is called Six Penn Kitchen. I haven't been there yet, but I have heard good things about it. I wonder if you can get a smiley cookie there? Here is a review of the place:

                http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05328/611580.stm

                Have other similar chains opened upscale restaurants, too?
                 
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