Hey - thanks Uncle Joe
It all started during the Great Depression - with Joe Primanti operating a small sandwich cart in Pittsburgh's now-historic Strip District, an area that even in 1933 was a bustling hub of activity. Strong sales allowed Joe to open a storefront that year - feeding hungry truck drivers and shift workers at all hours of the day.
Inspiration Meets Opportunity
The story might be half hazy memory, half lore - but it's all true. According to Joe's nephew John DiPriter: "One winter someone drove up with a load of potatoes. He brought them over to the restaurant to see if they were frozen. I fried the potatoes on our grill and they looked pretty good. A few customers asked for them - so I tossed them on the sandwich." The sandwich was an instant hit - allowing all of the drivers working near the restaurant to eat with one hand - and drive their truck with the other.
To Another 100 Years
And for our next act? We're bringing Primanti Bros. closer to you than ever before. Pittsburgh's Strip District will always be our original neighborhood - but we're working every day to bring a new Primanti Bros. to yours.
We'll always be who we've always been - fresh, house-made ingredients, big sandwiches and awesome deals on the coldest drinks. So pull up a barstool, order a drink or a sandwich and settle in.