Construction Begins on New Hoptown Pizza Site in Sunnyside | Company

With the help of Sunnyside Harbor officials, groundbreaking recently took place and construction is underway for the new HopTown Wood-Fired Pizza location in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Harbor Commissioners Arnold Martin, Tyler Schilperoort and Jim Grubenhoff joined Hoptown Pizza owners Carrie Wright and Lori Roy for the Dec. 15 ceremony at 400 S. Sixth St., along with contractor Matt Sevigny also part of the event.

Adam Smith, project manager at the Port of Sunnyside, said the HopTown Pizza project was made possible by the ability of the economic development agency to acquire vacant property in the town center and then secure a grant from the EPA for necessary brownfields cleanup.

“The property originally housed the Planters Hotel, but it burned down on February 9, 1968, and was demolished,” Smith said. “The current building was constructed and at one time housed Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

Smith said the HopTown Pizza project will renovate the 2,500 square foot building to serve the local food and beverage industry and is expected to create 20 full-time jobs. Completion is scheduled for June 11, 2023.

Wright and Roy operate the original HopTown Wood-Fired Pizza location in Donald, just off Interstate 82 near Wapato. It has been offering handmade pizzas with local ingredients for 15 years, as well as local wine, beer and cider.

The Sunnyside location plans to have up to 16 beers on tap and will help Wright and Roy offer catered events in the Yakima Valley. It will have an outdoor patio as well as an indoor bar and restaurant.

Wright said they plan to hire between 20 and 30 “HopTowners,” some part-time and some full-time, and they plan to bring in a few employees from Donald’s Restaurant to help with training.

Wright said she and Roy had been discussing a location in Sunnyside with Port of Sunnyside executive director Jay Hester for several years.

“Jay first contacted us when they first knew Varietal Brewing was coming in. They wanted us to go next to them. It was not the right time for us and we were ready to open up to Donald,” Wright said. “We stayed in contact with Jay for several years, but we didn’t think we were looking for a second location.

“Jay contacted us two years ago and told us about a new location – 400 S. Sixth in Sunnyside. We were ready to think about a second location, and our first location was setting up and running. He came up with a deal we couldn’t pass up, she added.

“It took a bit of time to get to this point where the construction actually started,” Wright said. “Jay and the Port of Sunnyside team have been involved from the start and are a pleasure to work with.”

For current hours, menu and more information, visit the HopTown Wood-Fired Pizza Facebook page.

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