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May 2017

Ellyse EOM Hop Jack_sCongratulations Ellyse Clogston, Hop Jack’s Featured Team Member for May!

Since opening in August of 2015, Hop Jack’s in Kennewick has a superstar in Ellyse Clogston! Ellyse is a bartender, safety lead, trainer, cocktail server and marketing lead!

If that’s not enough, Ellyse also participates in Hop Jack’s fundraising events including Relay for Life, walking to raise money for cancer.

Ellyse was born and raised in Brookings, a small town on the Oregon coast but she now calls Kennewick home and Hop Jack’s her family. She enjoys guest interaction and making a connection with them. She has been known to go above and beyond with guests even buying a regular dessert.

When dining at Hop Jack’s Ellyse enjoys a huckleberry icy drink and a cobb salad with Hop Jack’s house made avocado ranch dressing.

In her spare time she loves the outdoors, hiking and golfing. She also attends car shows with her best friend and spending time connecting with her fellow team members. Something most don’t know about Ellyse is that when she was living in Oregon she was into rock climbing and would spend her weekends exploring. One time while rock climbing she discovered a secret beach! We have discovered a gem in you, Ellyse!

Thank you for all you do for Hop Jack’s and congratulations on being selected as our Featured Team Member for May!

Join Us on Memorial Day

We will be donating 20% of our sales to The Captain Joseph House Foundation.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 29th 5PM-8PM

The Captain Joseph House Foundation is the first Family-to-Family Respite House honoring America's Gold Star Veteran Families of their Fallen Heroes who have died in combat since 9/11.

Funds raised will support families participating in an all expense paid Sunday to Friday week with two other Families who are on this similar journey of living to their fullest in memory of their loved ones.


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"This Grandfather Bet His House That Burgers and Beer Will Never Go Out of Style"

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After decades as an executive in the restaurant business, Mark Eggen applied his expertise to his own chain of casual eateries.

Hop Jack's owner Mark Eggen and family. CREDIT: Courtesy company

By Leigh Buchanan | Editor-at-large, Inc. magazine

"Hop Jack's is locally famous for its brews, burgers, and neighborhood feel. The company has 12 restaurants, with three more under construction, mostly around Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. It employs 800 people and does more than $30 million in annual sales. The casual-dining juggernaut is the creation of a first-time entrepreneur who found himself unemployed in his 50s.

Mark Eggen, 62, spent most of his life working for the Red Robin chain, where he learned two things: how to run restaurants and how to scale restaurants. Eggen would likely have been a Red Robin lifer had the company's IPO not required he relocate from Seattle to Denver. Unwilling to move while his kids were in high school, Eggen joined another company, from which he got fired.

Eggen next bought a pizza franchise and ran it for three years. But being a good franchiser did not make him a very good franchisee. "At that age and point in my experience, I did not like being told what to do," he says. "So eight years ago--I was 54--I came home and said, 'Honey, I have got just enough money left to open my own restaurant.'"

After selling the pizza restaurant back to the company, Eggen had $100,000 to invest in the new venture. He also applied to the bank that financed his franchise for a $500,000 loan. "They said, 'Yeah, if you put your house up,'" says Eggen. "I knew it was a risk, but I wanted to do it. If I was unsuccessful, I was going to have to work a lot longer. But I enjoy working."

Coming up with a concept was easy: Eggen knew bars and burgers. Having started his career running an individual Red Robin, he believed restaurants that reflect the personality and leadership of the general manager treat people better--and consequently perform better--than corporate-driven entities. So he positioned Hop Jack's as a cozy neighborhood gathering spot, but with the infrastructure to scale."

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