By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Keizerites will have a new option for burgers and brew come spring 2018.

Hop Jacks, a Washington-based chain specializing in American comfort food, is currently building one of its newest locations on the corner of Ulali Drive North and Keizer Station Boulevard.

“We selected Keizer because of its general proximity to I-5 and the mix of businesses in the center,” said founder Mark Eggen. “We have signed a lease in the Sherwood neighborhood, and are actively pursuing several opportunities throughout the Portland and Willamette Valley areas.”

The Keizer location will be the business’s second in Oregon, the other opened in Happy Valley in 2016. The Hop Jacks menu includes a wide range of sandwiches, burgers, salads, tacos and three types of mac and cheese.

“Signature items include hand-formed 100-percent Angus beef burgers, icy fruit drinks served in a glass made of ice and beer served from taps of ice and poured at 34 degrees,” Eggen said.

The restaurant also serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition to adding new variety to the mix of options in Keizer Station, Hop Jacks also places an emphasis on being members of the communities where they open.

“We are a huge believer in supporting local needs. We do local fundraising nights, donate 50 cents from each kids meal sold to our Kids Feeding Kids program and donate 25 cents from every Hop Jack’s beer sold to our Good Neighbor Fund,” Eggen said.

The Good Neighbor Fund dedicates a portion of its receipts to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Relay for Life and The Avery Huffman Foundation, but Eggen said the restaurant looks for local charities as well.

The business currently has about 700 employees between Oregon and Washington with three other locations set to open in Washington before the Keizer Station location comes online.

For more information about the restaurant and the full menu, visit hopjacks.net.