At Hello Bistro's grand opening of its new Downtown location on Dec. 10, staffers were eager to tell patrons about their favorite menu items.
And some of those menu items might be familiar to loyal consumers of Eat'n Park, one of Pittsburgh's biggest restaurant chains. Hello Bistro is owned and operated by the same group, and Eat'n Park favorites appear on its sister establishment's menu.
"One of the reasons we came up with Hello Bistro is it allows us to have a restaurant concept in a place where we can't really put an Eat'n Park," says Kevin O'Connell, senior vice president of marketing for Eat'n Park.
Hello Bistro staples include "the "E'nP Super Burger," as well as Eat'n Park's potato soup and ranch dressing. But Hello Bistro also expands Eat'n Park's popular salad bar, offering 55 toppings, ranging from artichoke hearts to wasabi peas.
"We wanted to make a connection to Eat'n Park by having those fan favorites," says O'Connell. "Hello Bistro is really inspired by taking the things that are most popular at Eat'n Park and designing it for the next generation."
But there are differences between the two. Hello Bistro features unique beverages like Weyland's Soda, an all-natural drink brand sweetened with sugar cane. Other menu offerings include breakfast sandwiches served all day and hand-cut French fries.
Hello Bistro's Downtown spot joins two other locations, in South Side and Oakland.
292 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412-434-0100