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For Immediate Release

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

Bonney Lake, WA.... October 2, 2018.... Hop Jack’s, "A Neighborhood Gathering Place," popular for being a neighborhood place to gather with family and friends will be changing its name to Hops N Drops. “When we opened our first Hop Jack’s 9 years ago we thought we would be known for our beer. Although cold beer is a major part of our brand, our guests also love our icy 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 Founder, Mark Eggen.

“Completing the name change throughout the company will be done before the end the year,” said Eggen. “Beyond the obvious signage, logo, and uniform changes we are taking this opportunity to also upgrade a few other things our guests are going to enjoy. 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. What won’t change is that our guests will see the same friendly faces and experience the same menu and atmosphere. Everything our guests have come to know and enjoy at Hop Jack’s will still be there for them when they visit a Hops N Drops.”

The company will open its first Colorado location in Colorado Springs on December 3rd. An additional Oregon location will open on November 5th. Both restaurants will open under the new name, Hops N Drops. As the company continues to grow, each restaurant opening in 2018 and beyond will take the name Hops N Drops.

This new name, Hops N Drops, was suggested by a key team member and the leadership team unanimously felt it was a good fit. “We are known for iced cold beers poured at 34’ and icy drinks which are a more exciting version of a lemon drop. Our icy drinks, or drops, as many guests refer to them, come in a variety of real fruit flavors and are served in a glass made of real ice. Hence the name Hops N Drops,” said Jeff Morgan, Vice President of Operations.

Hop Jack’s, founded in the Pacific Northwest in 2009, currently has 17 locations. Mark Eggen and his team, led by Vice President of Operations, Jeff Morgan, opened the first Hop Jack’s in Bonney Lake, Washington. The mission was to “create a fresh, delicious and fun experience for guests while excelling in hospitality and supporting the needs of the community.”

The Hop Jack’s/Hops N Drops menu is casual and fun offering an array of high quality, hand crafted appetizers and entrees. Hops N Drops main menu features include high quality, hand formed, 100% Angus beef burgers along with gourmet sandwiches, macs, salads, fish tacos and other northwest favorites including Alaskan cod fish and chips and French onion soup.

Hop Jack’s / Hops N Drops unique beverage menu boasts of classic & specialty cocktails. Along with the icy drinks / drops, every restaurant features 16 drafts with iced beer taps. Literally the tap extensions from the bar are encased in ice and beer is poured at 34'.

Hop Jack’s has won several awards including The National Restaurant Associations “Good Neighbor” award, “Best Burger’” by the Reporter Newspapers and “Best Burger” by South Sound Magazine. In 2015, Hop Jack’s was awarded the Washington State SBA Entrepreneurial Success Award and most recently, in 2017, founder, Mark Eggen was a finalist in the Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year contest.

The company employs over 770 in the state of Washington and 110 in Oregon with plans to add additional stores over the next several years. Hop Jack’s current locations include Spokane at Northpoint, Spokane Valley Mall, Issaquah, Silverdale, Bonney Lake, Lacey, Lakeland Hills, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Kennewick, Smokey Point, Richland, Snohomish, Gig Harbor and Lakewood Washington. Oregon locations include Happy Valley, and Keizer.

The company donates a percentage of sales from various promotions throughout the year to charity through Hop Jack’s “Good Neighbor Fund.” A fund which is available for team members, guests and neighbors in need. In 2017, Hop Jack’s, along with guest and team member support, raised and donated over $150,000.00. In the fall of 2016 Hop Jack's started a "Kids Feeding Kids," program where 50 cents from every kid’s meal sold is donated to help feed kids in need. In 2017 that fund raised and donated over $71,000.00 to local school organizations benefitting underprivileged children in the local Hop Jack’s communities.

Hop Jack’s / Hops N Drops is open weekdays 11 am to 11 pm. Friday and Saturday the restaurants close at midnight. Happy Hour is offered in the bar and dining room daily 2:00-6:00pm and 9:00pm to close.

On Saturday and Sunday breakfast is served from 8:00am to 11:00 am.

Rock Solid Restaurants, DBA Hop Jack’s and Hops N Drops, is owned and operated by the Eggen family and a wonderfully fun, professional, and a bit crazy, operations team. Together, this dynamic, winning team has hundreds of years of restaurant management experience. For more information visit www.hopjacks.net.

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Media contact Susan Bauer/SLB Marketing 425.652.2709 Susie@slbmarketing.net

September 2018

featured-team-member-0918Congratulations Lori Henderson, Hop Jack’s Featured Team Member for September 2018!

Lori has been making guests smile at our Kennewick Hop Jack’s since opening day in July of 2015. Since the opening she has been an integral part of the Kennewick team. Lori has held various positions including lunch server, trainer, liquor & health card monitor and invoicing. She is also known as the “breakfast goddess.” She has many loyal regular guests who visit her weekly, enjoying her smile and great service.

Lori grew up in Oregon and enjoys, gardening, fishing and spending time with her German Shepard and ten grandchildren. She also enjoys an iced cold Hop Jack’s IPA or a huckleberry icy drink with a California Turkey Sandwich.

She loves her regular guests and knows which day of the week who will be visiting her. “Lori is such a bright light and positive person,” said her manager Shari Ivey. “Lori makes every team member, manager, and guest feel special in some way. She is always willing to help out and cover shifts and will do anything for others, including pet sitting! Lori has a warm and caring disposition.” Kennewick team members are very fortunate to experience Lori’s friendship and Hop Jack’s is grateful she is on our team! Congratulations Lori, we appreciate you!



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