EUGENE, OR – Thomason Hospitality Group, owned by longtime Grants Pass restaurateur Dave Thomason, opened a new Elmer’s Restaurant location in the Valley River Center area of Eugene. The former McGrath’s Fish House building was extensively remodeled over the last few months. Prior to opening, the team held preview events in conjunction with training. These events served as a fundraiser for Food for Lane County, generating a final donation total of $3,000. Thomason stated that “Bringing the Elmer’s Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner concept with all of our amazing fresh ingredients to Eugene is exciting. Everything we do at Elmer’s is done to support our three-word mission statement – Delight Our Guests,” stated Thomason. Each of the 75 All-Star Eugene Elmer’s team member was hired for their personality and commitment to Guest service. Thomason and his wife, Doneta, have owned and operated over 60 restaurants in Oregon and northern California since 1985, including Taprock Northwest Grill, Human Bean Coffee, Purple Parrot, Pita Pit, Kenny Roger’s Roasters, and Carl’s Jr Restaurants. Thomason Hospitality Group is the largest Elmer’s Franchisee with 6 Oregon locations and currently employs over 600 people. Dave is a past President of the statewide Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and is a 2-time past recipient of the “Restaurateur of the Year” award in Oregon, which is given out by ORLA. “We are so proud of Dave and Doneta and wish them lots of success with the new Elmer’s in Eugene. They have been excellent Elmer’s franchisees for more than 15 years,” said Jerry Scott, President/CEO of Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. Since 1960, Elmer’s has been dedicated to providing quality food ingredients and personable, gracious service that make you feel at home. Built on the foundation of Walt Elmer’s famous buttermilk pancakes, Elmer’s offers seasonally fresh entrees and premium, made-from-scratch favorites in a warm comfortable and inviting family dining experience. In addition to local Best Breakfast awards, Guests at Elmer’s rave about their experiences on Yelp! and TripAdvisor. Elmer’s has also received national recognition in the category of Family Restaurants with high marks on four main attributes consisting of taste, value, service and mood. Elmer’s takes pride in their surrounding communities and strives to be the restaurant of choice for families. The Elmer’s system includes 26 Elmer’s Restaurant locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and three Egg N’ Joe Restaurants in Arizona. Eugene Elmer’s is located at 1036 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR, 97401 and will be open daily from 6am-10pm. The restaurant operates under a license granted by We Are Crackin’ LLC.