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Julius Ridgley

Manager of Team Member Experience
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

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  • Name: Julius Ridgley
  • Where I'm From: Uniontown
  • Where I Live: Coraopolis
  • Education:
    M.B.A from University of Pittsburgh and B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University
  • Company:
    Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

“My family and I feel very lucky to live here and do what we do.”

From small town suburban life to a quiet little neighborhood on a hill just outside the city, Julius is finding enjoyment and success living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Originally from historic Uniontown, Pa., Julius boasts living the high-life of camping, fishing and white-water rafting – that is, experiencing one of Pennsylvania’s must-see outdoor destinations, nearby Ohiopyle State Park.  Taking adventure with him, he set out for college and began his career in Harrisburg, Pa. It wasn’t long before then that he met his wife, Indiana, Pa.-native, Pam, and the two were inspired to return home, settling in the small town of Coraopolis. “I wanted us to be close to home and family. A perfect location and good middle ground between families.”

Julius knows a thing or two about good, quality food. He’s built a successful career with one of the region’s beloved family restaurants, Eat’n Park, working his way from operations to corporate human resources and training. Julius served as general manager for twelve years for the company’s Dormont and Moon Township locations and, due to his experience and work-ethic, was promoted to manager of team experience within its corporate office. “It is one of the things that attracted me to Eat’n Park. The company loves to promote from within. There are lots of paths your career can take.” In his new role, Julius gets a chance to do what he loves and make a significant impact. He oversees recruiting, onboarding and training of managerial positions as well as employee relations and development activities. What he admires most about the job is the personal touch: “Eat’n Park’s company culture is very Pittsburgh – down to earth, hardworking, good-hearted warmth and rooted in its core values, including caring for people and creating smiles. It’s genuine.”

Julius, his wife and his two children enjoy taking trips and exploring the region. That may mean traveling into the city to catch a Pirates or college basketball game or visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiring “Fallingwater” house and Fort Necessity, the historic site of one of George Washington’s first battles. “There are a number of things the city offers as far as cultural and recreational amenities.” Food is also a big part of family time. A few favorites are wings from Wings Suds and Spuds on University Blvd. or, if the kids need a sweet fix, Café Chocolade on Steubenville Pike has phenomenal handmade pretzels, croissants and chocolates. “Get there early,” he says, “they’ll go quickly.” Other favorite spots include Uniontown’s casual Italian eatery, Meloni’s Restaurant, Christian Klay winery, Bakn in Carnegie for brunch (get the biscuits & bacon jam), the upscale French/American Hyeholde Restaurant, and the Pittsburgh Greek festivals.

“Whether you want upscale and white table cloths or casual ‘hole in the wall,’ there are many great restaurants to check out across the region. Just look for them. There is something for everyone!”

He is passionate about volunteering and mentoring and often seeks opportunities for good-will, including running the Pittsburgh half marathon and raising money for local food banks. He is a current board member of the Woodcrest Homeowners Association and Pittsburgh Technical College’s hospitality and tourism program.

 “My family and I feel very lucky to live here and do what we do.”  

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