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November 2018

NOV-featured-team-member-DIllonCongratulations to Dylan Johnson, Hops n Drops Featured Team Member for November 2018!

Lakeland Hills line cook, Dylan Johnston has been creating world class food at Hops n Drops since August of 2017. “We chose Dylan for the Featured Team Member of the Month because he is always on the look out to see how and when he can help other team members," said his manager, Angy. "He has worked hard on his own development and is cross trained in every Heart of the House position. I truly believe Dylan lives Kina O'le every day!”

Dylan grew up in the Federal Way & Tacoma communities and wanted to work at Hops n Drops from a young age. A huge fan of the restaurant, Dylan loves a juicy Western Burger with an iced cold Mac & Jack to go along with it! He’s also known to enjoy a chocolate martini from time to time.

A fitness buff, Dylan is a long-distance runner and can do the full splits!

He prides himself on making a positive impact on his co-workers and in helping others.

His hard work ethic, attention to detail and putting out great menu items for our guests are just a few of the reasons why he was selected as Hops and Drops featured team member!

Congratulations and thank you, Dylan, for all you do for our guests and Hops n Drops, we appreciate you very much!

"Hop Jack’s has a new name. Don’t worry, the big burgers and icy cocktails stay the same"

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A bacon cheeseburger from Hop Jack’s, which will soon be called Hops N Drops. Sue Kidd skidd@thenewstribune.com

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BY SUE KIDD
skidd@thenewstribune.com

October 29, 2018 01:30 PM
Updated 2 hours 3 minutes ago

The burgers still will be hand-formed. The potato chip nachos still will be loaded with bacon and cheese. Happy hour still will be 2-6 p.m. daily in the entire restaurant.

The only thing noticeably different at Hop Jack’s — A Neighborhood Gathering Place will be the name on the sign.

In the next few months, Hop Jack’s will change its name to Hops N Drops.

Call it a slight tweak, not a makeover of the regional chain known for its casual menu of burgers and sandwiches.

Founder Mark Eggen believes the name will better describe what the restaurants want to be known for — the frosty booze, specifically.

The hops is a reference to the 16 beers on tap at every location. Those beers are served at a chilly 34 degrees. The drops refer to the restaurant’s icy drops, which are cocktails made from fresh fruit and served in glasses made out of ice.

Does the name change have anything to do with a pending lawsuit filed against the company in December claiming trademark infringement from a similarly named restaurant in Florida?

Eggen said he can’t comment on the litigation because it’s ongoing but said, “It (the name change) is truly a branding thing for us. As we grow, the thing that happens to us, and it always happens to us, we have to address it — people come to our door at 8 in the morning and ask why we aren’t serving breakfast.”

Although the Hop Jack’s restaurants do serve weekend brunch, the restaurants need to detach from the perception that they’re all-day breakfast restaurants because of the name, he said.

“It helps us address that in new markets. Hops N Drops better represents our brand and who we are,” he said.

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Auburn Reporter: Locally owned Hop Jack’s to change name to Hops N Drops

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Hop Jack’s, “A Neighborhood Gathering Place” restaurant chain, with locations at Lakeland Hills and Bonney Lake, is changing its name to Hops N Drops.

“Changing the name simply better describes who we are and in the long run will be easier for both our guests and team members,” said the restaurant’s founder, Mark Eggen.

Completing the name change throughout the company will be done before the end the year, Eggen said.

Some of the changes include a new, more user-friendly website, an online ordering system including an updated point-of-sale system that will enhance the guest experience and payment process, as well as new plate-ware.

The new name, Hops N Drops, was suggested by a key team member, and the leadership team unanimously agreed that it was a good fit.

Hop Jack’s, founded in the Pacific Northwest in 2009, has 17 locations. Eggen and his team, led by vice president of operations Jeff Morgan, opened the first Hop Jack’s in Bonney Lake.

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October 2018

october-featured-team-memberCongratulations to Liz Hammond, Hop Jack’s featured team member for October 2018!

Liz Hammond has been a key team member since the opening of the Happy Valley Hop Jack’s in October of 2016. She has been trained at several positions including server, expo and host. Currently she is a lead trainer for the company and a bartender.

“Liz was the obvious choice for this award,” said her manager Darin Cannon. “She has grown into a great leader and is always helping others get better.”

Liz has created many wonderful memories with her guests over the years and actually keeps a collection of coasters that her guests have colored for her. When she’s off the clock her “go to” drink is a grapefruit icy drink or Hop Jack’s wheat. On occasion she can also be found enjoying her favorite menu item, an Ashley’s burger dip.

Liz loves the outdoors, boating on the river during the summer and spending time with her Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, German Shepard mix, Lucy.

A fun fact about Liz is she used to have a Smart car she called Kermit!

Thank you, Liz, for all of your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you!

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