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Hop Jack's Opening in Lakewood

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New restaurant with icy cocktails opening in Lakewood next week

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BY SUE KIDD | skidd@thenewstribune.com
NOVEMBER 13, 2017 12:00 PM
UPDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2017 09:00 AM

If all goes as planned, Hop Jack’s will open its next restaurant Nov. 20 at the Lakewood Towne Center in a building near Barnes & Noble.

The regional restaurant opened its first location in Bonney Lake in 2009.

The family-friendly restaurant serves a menu of burgers, sandwiches and pub-friendly entrees. It has weekend brunch and a dedicated gluten-free menu.

It’s also known for its love for cold booze. It serves some cocktails in glasses made out of ice. It keeps its beer taps at a frosty 34 degrees.

Hop Jack’s owner Mark Eggen is well known in local restaurants.

He previously worked at Restaurants Unlimited, was an executive at Red Robin and opened Rock Wood Fired Pizza franchises in the area.

His children also help run the Hop Jack’s restaurants.

Back when he opened the first Hop Jack’s, he described it as a modern interpretation of Red Robin.

Hop Jack’s has more than a dozen locations from here to Spokane. The company will open two more in the next several months. One will be in Gig Harbor.

The opening of the Gig Harbor Hop Jack’s is expected to be in February. It will be in the new Fred Meyer complex on Point Fosdick Drive Northwest.

November 2017

KatelynMeet Hop Jack’s November 2017 Featured Team Member, Katelynn Dipietro!

Since March of 2016 Katelynn has been a valued team member at our Smokey Point Hop Jack’s. She has trained and worked in a variety of positions making her an outstanding, valued team member.

Currently she is a mid-manager and a lead trainer but she is also savvy in both heart of the house and front of the house positions having been trained on both the hot and cold side, breakfast, DMO/salad and as an expo, host and busser! “Her versatility and ability to adapt to any situation sets her apart,” said Jaime Fox, Director of Training. “Katelynn has the ability to jump in and help out where ever she is needed. That is invaluable to us.”

Katelynn enjoys the company culture and working alongside her fellow team members. She especially appreciates having a management team who believes in her and her drive to develop and grow.
When Katelynn is off shift her favorite “go to” drink is the Gummy Bear and her favorite meal is the Avocado Chicken Salad. She also enjoys spending time with her puppies, friends and family.

Thank you, Katelynn for all you do for Hop Jack’s! We are thrilled with your dedication and development and look forward to having you on our team as we continue to grow!

Dinner out can help pay for lunch for Richland students

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Money from Hop Jacks will help Richland students unable to afford lunch.

BY CAMERON PROBERT
cprobert@tricityherald.com

OCTOBER 14, 2017 2:59 PM

What started as a conversation between the founder of a popular Washington restaurant chain and his mother will help buy lunches for Richland students.

Mark Eggen, the man behind Hop Jack’s, and his mother were talking about the stigma attached to students receiving free and reduced lunch when she was in school.

“At the time there was a special line you had to go in and even specific items you were allowed to choose from,” said Jaime Fox, the restaurant’s director of training, safety and charities. “Mark began to think about this and decided that our restaurant company could make an impact.”

Hop Jack’s decided to donate 50 cents of every children’s meal it sold to help hungry kids, similar to its program that donates 25 cents of every beer to community charities.

“We did not want to donate to large, nationwide organizations where we would never know where the money went and where there is often a lot of overhead costs,” Fox said.

Richland School District is one of 13 beneficiaries statewide, receiving $4,300 since joining the program in January. It will use the money to help students who wouldn’t otherwise get lunch, whether they are just short on funds in their lunch accounts, or their families are struggling but don’t qualify for the federal free lunch program.

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October 2017

Dez-Featurd-Team-Member-OctoberCongratulations to Hop Jack’s Featured Team Member for October 2017, Dez Anderson!

A team member who can work multiple positions is invaluable to Hop Jack’s. Dez Anderson is trained as a busser, hostess and as a cold-side, heart of the house team member. She is also an expo and most recently was promoted to server!

“Dez is a team player who is always striving to help others and support our guests,” said Jaime Fox, Director of Training. “She is the epitome of what we look for when hiring. She is intelligent, friendly and dedicated.”

Dez started working at the Bonney Lake Hop Jack’s in September of 2016. Since then she has worked hard, and smart, to have brought her to where she is being recognized as a featured team member for the company. Her outgoing personality and optimism make her a joy to be around.

Dez loves Buffalo Chicken wings with a huge glass of water! (She loves water!)

Growing up in Enumclaw, not far from Hop Jack’s, she attributes her success to the support of her family. She keeps busy with life and enjoys shopping and spending time on road trips with family and friends.

Her most memorable moment to date at Hop Jack’s was when her GM, Angy, told her she would start training as a server.

We are grateful for your support, Dez, and look forward to watching you grow with us!

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