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Fries and ‘Slaw, Penguins Murray Opens Primanti Bros Tab for Police



Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray donates Primanti Brothers

The Pittsburgh Penguins players continued their outreach efforts on Thursday. Two weeks ago, a handful of players spent several thousand dollars for Fox’s pizzas delivered to community centers for those in need. Now, Penguins goalie Matt Murray is telling Pittsburgh police officers to put it on his tab.

Murray opened a $5,000 tab at the Market Square Primanti Brothers location for Pittsburgh police officers. In case you’re wondering, five grand will buy about 625 “sammiches” with french fries, coleslaw, and a heaping helping of Pittsburgh tradition.

Murray did not indicate if he pronounces the historic local chain as “Primanti’s” or “Permanny’s”, also per local tradition. For the uninitiated, the Primanti’s sandwiches are nationally famous because they include french fries and coleslaw on the sandwich. While PHN recommends the “Cap-n-cheese,” the Corned Beef is also very good.

The sandwiches were created in the 1930s for truck drivers who didn’t have time for a full meal. As the story goes, a driver had a load of potatoes and a few were put on the grill. Customers asked for the potatoes, so Joe Primanti put them on the sandwich. Word of the sandwiches spread across the country as truck drivers told tales of the unique sandwiches.

And the legend was born.

Here is the Penguins press release:

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray announced a partnership with Primanti Bros. to launch a $5,000 open tab for police officers in Pittsburgh, beginning today, Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Murray and Primanti Bros. will offer access to the police tab at the downtown restaurant located at 2 Market Square.  The location is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

“I want to thank the people on the front lines who put themselves at risk every day to keep us safe,” said Murray.

Primanti Bros. is currently offering pick-up only service, but orders may be placed by calling ahead or in-person at the restaurant.  Officers should be present and show a badge to access Matt’s tab.