Primanti Brothers

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Primanti Brothers
Primanti Bros. logo.svg
Pittsburgh Strip District Primanti Bros.jpg
The storefront of the original Primanti Bros. in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Restaurant information
Established1933
Food typeNorth American cuisine sandwich shop
Dress codeCasual
CityPittsburgh
StatePennsylvania
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°27′2.55″N 79°59′8.12″W / 40.4507083°N 79.9855889°W / 40.4507083; -79.9855889Coordinates: 40°27′2.55″N 79°59′8.12″W / 40.4507083°N 79.9855889°W / 40.4507083; -79.9855889
(original Strip District location)
Websitewww.primantibros.com
Primanti Brothers sandwich
Primanti Bros at PNC Park.jpg
TypeSandwich
Place of originUnited States
Region or statePennsylvania (mainly western)
Created byPrimanti Brothers
Main ingredientsgrilled meat, melted cheese, an oil & vinegar-based coleslaw, tomato slices, and French fries (on the sandwich) between two thick slices of Italian bread

Primanti Brothers (/prɪˈmænti/, locally /pər-/) is a chain of sandwich shops in the eastern United States. Founded in 1933, the chain is known for its signature sandwiches of grilled meat, melted cheese, an oil & vinegar-based coleslaw, tomato slices, and French fries between two thick slices of Italian bread.[1]

During the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards, Primanti's was named as one of "America's Classic" restaurants.[2]

History[edit]

The original shop is located at 46 18th Street in Pittsburgh's Strip District, a busy area along the Allegheny River filled with warehouses and produce yards. According to the restaurant, Joe Primanti, born in suburban Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, invented the sandwich during the Great Depression. His brothers, Dick and Stanley, later joined him. The Primantis opened their diner at Smallman Street and 18th Street in the Strip District and served the late-night and early-morning workers who were unloading fish, fruits, and vegetables.[3]

It has also been a tradition for the late night crowd to go to Primanti's in the Strip District after the bars have closed, due to their hours of operation (at one time they were one of the few establishments open after 2 a.m.).[citation needed]

With the passing of Stanley Primanti in the early-1970s and John in 1974, Dick decided to sell the business to Jim Patrinos in 1975. Today there are 16 Pittsburgh locations, including at the city's major sports venues PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the PPG Paints Arena, as well as several other locations throughout the eastern United States.[4]

Sports-themed specials[edit]

The chain expressed its support for the Pittsburgh Penguins during their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in their 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, releasing two limited-time sandwiches in their honor. In 2016, it released a limited-time sandwich honoring the team's third line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel, named the "HBK Sandwich".[5] Late into the next season, the chain then introduced a sandwich called the "Canadian Pitts-Burger", honoring goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during his eventually final season with the Penguins. The sandwich featured Canadian bacon and was also available at all Primanti Brothers locations for a limited time.[6]

Locations[edit]

Primanti Brothers location in Oakland.

Primanti Brothers locations are found throughout Pennsylvania, particularly in and around Pittsburgh. In addition to other Pennsylvania locations, restaurants have been established in South Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, and Indiana.[7][better source needed]

Reception[edit]

The Primanti Bros. version of a cheese steak sandwich. The AA battery, used as a size reference, is 2 inches (5 cm) tall.

The restaurant and its signature sandwich have been featured in several national publications and television shows, including National Geographic magazine,[8] Man v. Food,[9] and Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. Primanti Brothers made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's list of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada",[10] and their sandwich is a featured Pittsburgh landmark on Yinztagram.[11]

The restaurant was mentioned on the April 21, 2008, episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in an interview with Senator Barack Obama. Stewart suggested that Obama visit the restaurant for their "great sandwiches", which Stewart had enjoyed as a comedian on the club circuit.[12]

An ESPN.com rating of PNC Park mentioned that "the best [concession] item is the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich, a Pittsburgh institution", and granted this "signature concession item" an exuberant score of "5+++" (out of 5). This helped PNC Park to achieve its overall #1 ranking in the feature.[13]

Credit card controversy[edit]

On March 9, 2011, U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone approved a settlement between Primanti Brothers and a customer in response to a lawsuit over the content of credit card receipts. In the suit, the plaintiff, Nora Hoxha, claimed that the restaurant's credit card receipts printed all, or if not all, too many digits of a customer's credit card number in violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. As part of the settlement, the restaurant agreed to provide affected customers with a free menu item and a side item or non-alcoholic drink. The restaurant also agreed to make a donation of $25,000 to the Carnegie Museums and pay up to $62,000 for the plaintiff's attorneys' costs.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Primanti Brothers, Pittsburgh Restaurant Reviews, About.com.
  2. ^ "The James Beard Foundation Awards". The James Beard Foundation. 2007. Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Primanti Bros. - The Real Story". PrimantiBrothers.com. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Locations". PrimantiBros.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Primanti's honors Penguins' HBK line with sandwich". Tribune–Review. Trib Total Media. May 19, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "In honor of Marc-Andre Fleury: Primanti's Pitts-Burger goes Canadian". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ Briggs, James (January 29, 2016). "California Pizza Kitchen to be replaced by sandwich shop at Circle Centre". Indy Star. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Kadushin, Raphael (August 2003). "15222: Come Hungry". National Geographic: 114–122. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  9. ^ "Man v. Food in Pittsburgh". Man v. Food. The Travel Channel. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  10. ^ "Travel Briefs: 1,000 more places to see before you die". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 10 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Yinztagram By Pegula". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. 2012. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  12. ^ "Barack Obama Pt. 2". The Daily Show. Comedy Central. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  13. ^ Caple, Jim. "Pittsburgh's gem rates the best". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Primanti to provide free sandwiches to settle suit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.

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