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Hop Jack's opens in Lakewood

 

Christopher Andersson

Employees of the new Lakewood restaurant Hop Jack's and local officials cut the ribbon to open the restaurant on Nov. 23. In center, from left, City councilmember Donna Wright, Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce President Jesica Stickles, general manager of the Lakewood Hop Jack's Brooke Menter and Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

New Lakewood restaurant Hop Jack's hopes that it can be a "neighborhood gathering place" where people can stop to grab drinks and classic American-style food.

"Everybody has to go to work and everybody has a home to go to, but we want to be that other place where you also want to spend time. We want to offer you a fun place where you can watch a Seahawks game," said Jaime Fox, director of training for the restaurant.

"We think we're that neighborhood gathering place. You come in here, you see your kids soccer coach or your neighbor from down the street, and where people can come and meet up," she said.

The restaurant near Lakewood Crossing at 2623 172nd St. NE, Marysville opened on Nov. 23.

The new Marysville restaurant is the 12th location for Hop Jack's, which are all in Washington state.

Fox said the restaurant is known for their ice cold beers. All of the restaurant's taps are iced over, she said, and they provide 16, mostly local, beer choices and five of their own beers.

In addition, 25 cents from every purchase of one of the restaurant's own beers goes into a "Good Neighbor Fund."

"We use that if community members or our guests have fallen on hard times. The house burns down or floods, or there's a death in the family," said Fox. "We've paid for funerals and taken care of our guests in many other ways," she said.

Fox said that she likes that the restaurant has a fund that can help their regulars who are going through rough times.

"That feels good to give back to our communities that we operate in," she said.

Fox said the restaurant is kid-friendly as well, and provides American-style food including burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more.

She said their "signature item" was their steak made with 100 percent Angus meat.

The restaurant also tries to bring in new items every month, said Fox.

"We believe you should be able to have something new without going somewhere new," she said, and added the restaurant always tries to keep its core menu there as well.

Recently they've added items that highlight some recipes for tater tots or ribs, she said, and in January they will be introducing some items that incorporate Sriracha sauce (a type of Asian hot sauce/chili sauce).

They also offer new cocktails, like their pink cocktails they introduced in October to raise money for breast cancer or the blue cocktails in November that were raising money for prostate cancer.

Hop Jack's raised about $12,000 in October in support of breast cancer according to Fox.

More information about the new Marysville restaurant is available at hopjacks.net.

 

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