Kings Family Restaurants

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Kings Family Restaurants
IndustryRestaurant (food service),
Food processing,
Food retailing
FoundedNorth Versailles, Pennsylvania (1967)
Key people
Hartley C. King, Founder and President
ProductsKings Family Restaurants,
Hartley's Choice pies and ice cream
Number of employees

Kings Family Restaurants is a chain of family restaurants based in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. It has locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Kings logo has scarlet colored lettering, with a saffron outline.


Kings began in North Versailles, Pennsylvania in 1967 as Kings Country Shoppes. This name was later changed to Kings Family Restaurants to indicate the establishment was a restaurant rather than a store. By 1980 the number of restaurants had grown to 7, and 24 by 1990. As of 2006, there were 34 locations throughout Pennsylvania and one in Wintersville, Ohio.[citation needed]

Kings donates to many charity organizations, including the Veterans Leadership Program[1] and the Make-A-Wish Foundation[2] of Western Pennsylvania.

In July 2009, Kings Restaurants a new restaurant called Kings Hometown Grille. It features a different design and layout, as well as a different menu from most King's locations. Unlike any other locations in the chain, Kings Hometown Grille also offers alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and cocktails.[citation needed]

In 2015, Kelly Capital purchased the Kings Family Restaurants.[3] On March 26th, 2017, it was announced that five of its earliest stores: Wexford, Bridgeville, Imperial, Harmarville, and Altoona restaurants would be shutting down at 7 p.m. that evening. Approximately 130 employees were given no notice, and were left jobless.[4]


Kings serves American cuisine, including sandwiches, salads, and burgers. The restaurant also serves ice cream and milkshakes.[5] Kings is also famous for their Frownie Brownies, although the Frownie Brownie was discontinued with the chain's purchase by Kelly Capital.[2]


Kings maintained smoking sections in most of its restaurants until a statewide smoking ban was enacted in Pennsylvania in September 2008.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ a b "Make-A-Wish Event at King's Restaurant". Times Leader. 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  3. ^ Chris Fleisher (2015-04-24). "Kings Family Restaurants sold to California firm". TribLIVE. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ Lynne Hayes-FreelandVerified account (2017-03-26). "Lynne Hayes-Freeland on Twitter: "Signs on some local King's Restaurants. Loyal are heartbroken. Reactions tonite.… "". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  5. ^ "Kings Family Restaurant Menu - Serving All American Cuisine". Retrieved 2018-03-29.

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