Jack in the Box late-night operations survive appeal 

click to enlarge A Jack in the Box in the Inner Richmond district is allowed to operate from 2 to 4 a.m. despite opposition from neighbors. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • A Jack in the Box in the Inner Richmond district is allowed to operate from 2 to 4 a.m. despite opposition from neighbors.

Neighbors lost their appeal this week to overturn an after-hours operating permit that allows a Jack in the Box in the Inner Richmond district to be open from 2 to 4 a.m.

However, the Board of Appeals urged the Entertainment Commission, which oversees late-night operating permits, to hold a hearing in six months to check the progress of the 12 conditions under which the permit was originally approved.

Those conditions include employing two security guards late at night and training employees to pick up litter and trash.

Opposition to the restaurant’s late-night hours increased following a Thanksgiving morning incident in which a Cal Fire firefighter was run down by a sport utility vehicle following an argument that reportedly began at the Jack in the Box.

Neighbors said that incident was merely the tipping point, as they have for years had to deal with noise, trash and violence associated with the late-night patrons.

Tracy West told the board she has lived near the Jack in the Box for 16 years. She said she has found trash and urine on her front porch.

“I don’t begrudge Jack in the Box for trying to make money,” West said, “but other fast-food restaurants close by 11 p.m. and they are still running their business.”

The permit to operate between 2 and 4 a.m. was approved in January following weeks of discussion and negotiations. Residents had hoped the restaurant would close during those hours to prevent violence and noise.

Jocelyn Kane, executive director for the Entertainment Commission, told the Board of Appeals the commission “would be happy” to hold a hearing in six months and adjust the permit accordingly.

Saeed Khan, the restaurant’s manager, said he too would be willingly check in with the commission, including providing the number of customers the restaurant serves on an average night between 2 and 4 a.m.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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