by David DeMullé
If you’ve never been in a Link ‘n Hops before, you’re in for a real treat. Residents of Sunland-Tujunga have been waiting for the old Jimmy Dean’s to re-incarnate into the new Link ‘N Hops pub. Every day we would drive by, sometimes seeing owner Andy Hasroun overseeing the workers or just helping out as the transformation went through its steps.
The first thing that hits you when you enter is the dark wood, dim lighting AND candles on the tables. How cool is that? The recycled cardboard menus with all the different types of foreign and domestic sausages and fries and warm salted pretzels make you thirsty even before you sit down. Along with the sausages, they also serve fresh-cut, Belgian-style fries and other delicious sides.
Never has there been a place like this in Sunland-Tujunga. One of the selling points is that it opens at 5 p.m. and closes at midnight — for now. That means that you are no longer driven down to Coco’s for that late night snack.
I’ve never been a fan of soft-openings, like if you’re going to open, just do it! There were so many people at the soft opening I was surprised that they didn’t have searchlights lighting up the sky. People who were driving by, dropped in, and in, and in. And what they discovered was that everything was wonderful. Bratwurst, andouille and of course the “wild game” varieties were there for the connoisseur. Oh, did I forget to mention that there is a vegan side of the menu? TFP staffer Dyan McManus ordered the Tofurky Kielbasa and I couldn’t taste the difference from a real turkey sausage.
Of course, a meat eater like me, I had to have the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage and it sure tasted like the fare I catch here on the ranch. And it doesn’t matter; it’s all great fare. If you’re into craft beers, there are more than 24 available on tap with the variety changing weekly. They are sensibly priced and have that wonderful balance and excitement of taste. The staff is really cool and know about every taste in the shop.
For now, temporary hours are seven days per week at 5:00 p.m. until midnight, but may be open later Fridays and Saturdays if the demand is there. I’m looking forward to the late night happy hour featuring large fries for $4, $5 select sausages and $4 select brews Monday through Thursday from 10-11:30 p.m. Later, the restaurant’s hours will be expanded to include lunch service and afternoon happy hour.
Link N Hop’s will be open on Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m. for The Big Game, serving all-day football specials including $4 Bavik beer, nachos, large fries, pretzels and salad.
Put that all together and cover it with the sounds of ‘60s music and you’ve found a home.
An offshoot of the original Atwater Village location, the restaurant will serve the same exciting sausage menu that features gourmet sausages, The exotic sausages on the menu are the most popular items, and range from lamb to wild boar and even rattlesnake sausages.
“The neighborhood has embraced the new Link N Hops restaurant with so much enthusiasm,” says owner Andy Hasroun. “We were inspired to open a new location in Sunland-Tujunga because there’s nothing like it in the area, but also because the neighborhood has been so welcoming.”