By Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Eat’n Park restaurants have been a tradition in Pittsburgh since 1949.

Most of their restaurants are in the suburbs, away from the city. However, the chain is trying a new concept that will bring some Eat’n Park traditions into more urban areas.

In the heart of Oakland, you’ll find all kinds of places to eat, from the Original Hot Dog Shop to Pamela’s.

But a new kid has just moved on the block.

It’s the Hello Bistro, but what’s different about it?

“A lot of places specialize in just one thing, just one salad, just one burger, just one burrito. We think this place is more appealing to everyone,” Kevin O’Connell from Eat’n Park said.

It’s owned and operated by Eat’n Park.

This isn’t your father’s Eat’n Park though.

However, they’ve got a lot of the things that you love about the old Eat’n Park.

They’ve got the super burger, the salad bar and they’ve got potato soup.

But, in this place, you can wash it all down with a beer or a glass of wine. So why not just open another Eat’n Park?

“When you come into the more urban areas like the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, you really can’t fit an Eat’n Park there. So, we wanted to develop something that would allow us to expand the Eat’n Park family,” O’Connell said.

A traditional Eat’n Park requires about 7,000 square feet.

The bistro concept needs just 2,500 square feet. There’s up-front seating, quick service and some different menu options.

It doesn’t mean the end of the Eat’n Parks we’ve come to enjoy.

If it’s successful, you might see Hello Bistros opening up in other places.


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