Late hours approved for Jack in the Box in SF's Richmond district 

click to enlarge The Entertainment Commission approved Jack in the Box's permit to stay open late at night after controversy erupted over crime in the area. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • The Entertainment Commission approved Jack in the Box's permit to stay open late at night after controversy erupted over crime in the area.

A Jack in the Box in the Richmond district can resume late-night operations after the Entertainment Commission approved its permit request late Tuesday night despite opposition from the community.

Residents who live near the restaurant at Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue have said late-night operations create problems with noise, loitering and violence.

But Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph said Tuesday such food businesses are needed.

“It’s very important that we have food [available late at night]; it helps people not be as drunk,” she said.

The permit was approved with conditions, such as the business cannot operate between 4 and 6 a.m. and staff must clean up any litter within 50 feet of the restaurant.

Supervisor Eric Mar, whose district includes the Jack in the Box, said he agreed with the neighbors and recommended the restaurant not operate between 2 and 4 a.m.

Neighbors’ issues with late-night activity came to a head early Thanksgiving morning when Cal Fire firefighter Albert Bartal, 29, was run down by a sport utility vehicle near the Jack in the Box. Eduardo Esquivel, 22, of South San Francisco has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run.

Shortly after the incident, it was discovered that Jack in the Box did not have proper permits to operate from 2 to 6 a.m. Since then, calls for service have decreased from about seven a month to three, according to police statistics.

The restaurant had been operating 24 hours a day for decades, said Jennifer Cunanan, a Jack in the Box franchise liaison, but it needed a new permit after the business changed hands in 2008.

“We’re not a bar, we’re not a club and we don’t serve alcohol,” Cunanan said. “And there is no correlation between the police data and our business.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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