Link n Hops takes sausage and beer to another level
By: George Hakopian
“We want to create a culture here where the locals can come in, enjoy good food and good beer, rub shoulders, and feel at home,” said Andy Hasroun, owner of Link n Hops in Sunland. “We want people to be a part of this family.”
After four years of running the original Link n Hops in Atwater Village, Hasroun decided to venture where no business like this had gone before—Sunland-Tujunga.
“I feel like this community is in the up and coming. We’ve known of many customers from our Atwater location that have moved to this area in recent years. I know these types of eateries are lacking in Sunland-Tujunga, and I hope we can help become pioneers in bringing more businesses like ours to this community.”
At first thought, a restaurant devoted to serving sausages and beer doesn’t seem all that complicated. And it’s not. Which is by design, said Hasroun. “Simple, easy, quality. That’s what I want this place to be.”
There’s truth to the simplicity of the concept, until you are met with the menu’s selection of sausages and their impressive attention to detail regarding their craft beers.
The sausages range from exotic flavors like rattlesnake and jalapeño, wild boar and bacon andouille, and duck bacon jalapeño, to the traditional polish sausage, Bavarian brat, and kielbasa. They also have five different vegan options, which can be fairly tricky to find in town.
Their craft beers are just as unique. Hasroun prides himself on the ever-changing menu of his tap options.
“We have a new beer here almost every other day. We want people to walk in here and be just as excited as we are for our beer options.”
Serving both imported and local craft beer, Link n Hops has definitely raised the standards of local craft options in the community.
Imported options like Bavik German pilsner, Schlägl Kristall, and Weihenstephaner, to local brews such as Bell’s Best Brown, Xocoveza, and White Rascal, provide endless choices of quality beers on tap.
Although not a large space, the restaurant’s interior is unique, modern, and inviting. It is an open concept that will allow for guests, including families with children, to comfortably enjoy their meals. With TV’s all around the interior providing sports, and with a dog-friendly patio space as an option, Link n Hops maximizes its corner location and creates a fun atmosphere.
An hour before the second day of their soft opening, Hasroun and his family and staff were preparing final touches just as a man walked through the door.
“Hello, are you guys open?” asked the guest. Hasroun replied, “Hi! We open in an hour, but how can I help you?”
The guest added, “I just wanted to welcome you to the area. Is this all your family?”
“Yes,” said Hasroun, “this is my family. But sit down, let me get you a beer on the house. You’re family now.”
Link n Hops is located at 8005 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland. It is open Sun–Thu, 5 p.m.–midnight and Fri–Sat, 5 p.m.–2 a.m (linknhops.com)