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Congratulations to Maple Valley Hop Jack's General Manager Mark Eilinger for receiving "The Patriot Award."
This award was presented by Larry Kerchner from the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve. "It reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed."
Hop Jack's team member and reservist, Justin Crawford, nominated Mark for this award. Thank you Justin for your service to our country and for making this award possible for Mark and all of us at Hop Jack's!
HOP JACK’S MANAGER RECEIVES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PATRIOT AWARD
BY VOICE OF THE VALLEY | NOVEMBER 30, 2016
"Mark Eilinger, General Manager of the Hop Jack’s Restaurant in Maple Valley, Washington was presented the Patriot Award on November 9th by Larry Kirchner, Military Outreach Director for the Washington state Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the Army Reserve.
Eilinger was nominated by Sergeant Justin Crawford, a member of the Army Reserve’s 909th Human Resource Company in Bothell, WA. In his civilian career, Crawford is an assistant manager at the Hop Jack’s restaurant in Maple Valley. Hop Jack’s has twelve locations in Washington State and one location in Oregon. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units both when called to state support missions and federal active duty.
Sgt Crawford, in the award nomination, expressed his gratitude for the support and accommodation provided by Mr. Eilinger and the management at his workplace. “I am grateful to Mr. Eilinger and Hop Jack’s for their patriotism,” said Crawford. “By supporting me, Mr. Eilinger and Hop Jack’s have allowed me to both maintain my civilian job and serve in our military.”
Hop Jack’s, “A Neighborhood Gathering Place,” was founded in the Pacific Northwest, and is owned by the Eggen family and partners. The first location opened in Bonney Lake, Washington in August of 2009.
Company wide, Hop Jack’s employs over 650 in the state of Washington 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 and Richland, Washington. The most recent Hop Jack’s opened in October of 2016 in Happy Valley, Oregon."
"A great spot to bring the family for a weekend breakfast, Hop Jack’s serves up excellent American classics including scrambles, biscuits and gravy, french toast, eggs, and potatoes. The menu also features breakfast burritos, omelets, flap jacks, skillets, Eggs Benedict, and house favorites such as country fried steak, corn beef hash, steak and eggs, and the classic two egg breakfast. They even offer $5 hand shaken Bloody Mary’s made with Crater Lake Pepper Vodka or plain vodka all morning until 11am.
In addition, you can get a great deal if you’re a regular at the restaurant, because you can get $5 off breakfast bills over $20 if you show them a receipt from a previous visit. With top notch professional service and locations all over Washington, mostly around Seattle, it’s no surprise that locals keep coming back to this reliable spot for a great meal."
"You’ve probably heard the expression, 'Good is the enemy of great.'
This idea implies that with a little extra effort, a little more thought, a little more time expended on something, you can make that thing better than just 'good enough.'
This maxim can be applied to any pursuit. It can also lead to insanity.
I had a friend who was in the midst of making an elaborate risotto while trying to get two or three other dishes out. She reached for her chopped shatake mushrooms, and they were gone.
In an effort to be helpful, her father had accidentally taken them out to the compost pile. She had to settle on some crimini mushrooms that were in the fridge.
For a moment, I thought there might be a death in the family. But, honestly, the risotto was fine.
Sometimes it’s hard to balance the pursuit of greatness with our limitations.
One of my readers was raving about this “great” burger at a place called Hop Jack’s. I have to admit, I have settled for 'good' at home.
Ready-made, frozen, ground sirloin patties that are pretty reasonably priced have become the enemy of great at my place.
It was time to go to Hop Jack’s and see what I was missing. I didn’t realize that it is one of a chain of 12 Washington restaurants.
The Lynnwood restaurant was in a strip mall on Highway 99 – not much to get excited about there. But I had no trouble finding a parking spot."
Hop Jack’s, “ A Neighborhood Gathering Place,” recently opened its’ 11th location on July 13th in Kennewick, Washington.
“We are very excited about opening a Hop Jack’s in Kennewick,” said owner Mark Eggen. “This site is a great space for a restaurant that is a true “neighborhood gathering place.“ We want to be the place where neighbors meet neighbors,” he added.
“We have hired approximately 80 employees for this new location,” said Kevin Eggen, Operations & Development Manager. “The positions included bartenders, servers, cocktail servers, all sales support positions and kitchen positions. We also have hired managers,” he added. “With our company’s expansion plans, it’s a great opportunity to grow with us.” We are currently in the process of interviewing and hiring for future locations as well. Resume’s can be emailed to Director of Operations, Jeff Morgan at Jeff@Rocksolidrestaurants.com or apply online at www.hopjacks.net
The new Kennewick site measures 4,500 square feet, including bar space. The outdoor patio will offer seating for approximately 40.
Hop Jack’s bar features 16 beers on tap, along with an array of specialty cocktails including the Hop Jack’s very popular icy drinks. These playful drinks come in a variety of fresh fruit flavors and are served in a glass made of real ice. A special device brought in from Italy produces the ice glass mold to fit inside of a real martini style glass. Flavors include blueberry, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Hop Jack’s is the only restaurant west of the Mississippi to serve drinks in this type of glass.
Another highlight of Hop Jack’s brand are its’ beer taps. The taps extension from the bar top are covered in ice and beer is poured from the tap at 34’. “This system is called a double glycol system and this is what makes the taps freeze over,” added Eggen. “This is also very unique, found only in a hand full of restaurants in the United States.”
Hop Jack’s is popular for being a neighborhood place to gather with family and friends. The menu’s main features include high quality hand formed 100% Angus beef burgers along with sandwiches, macs, salads, fish tacos and a variety of other entrees. To view the entire menu visit www.hopjacks.net...