Joe Primanti opened a cart in Pittsburgh's Strip District selling sandwiches to hungry truckers who were coming and going at all times of the night. Encouraged by sales and the positive feedback he got, Joe decided to expand to a small storefront on 18th Street, where he was joined by his brothers Dick and Stanley and their nephew John DePriter. And that's how the very first Primanti Bros. location was born - open 3am to 3pm, feeding hard working truckers and shift workers good food for a fair price during the height of the great depression.
According to John, "One winter, a fella drove in with a load of potatoes. He brought a few of 'em over to the restaurant to see if they were frozen. I fried the potatoes on our grill and they looked pretty good. A few of our customers asked for them, so I put the potatoes on their sandwiches." The rest, as they say, is history.
While Joe moved out to California in the 40's for health reasons, Dick, Stanley, and John kept the restaurant going strong for 30 years. But when Stanley and John both passed away in the early 70's, Dick decided it was about time to sell the business.
Five After Nine (5pm-9pm)
$5 Select Craft Beer
$5 Any Classic Primanti Bros. Sandwich
$5 Personal 9-Inch 3 Topping Pizza
$5 Half-Pound Hamburger
$5 Gourmet Chicken Wings
$5 Crispy Boneless Chicken Wings
$5 Pick Any Two Appetizers
Queso Dip & Chips
Half Priced Happy Hour
Kitchen: Half-priced pizza slices
Bar: Half-priced drinks, beer, and wine.
Sun-Thur: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am