Residents who oppose the late-night operations of a Jack in the Box restaurant in the Richmond district say the new permit restrictions missed the mark.
At an Entertainment Commission meeting last month — the commission handles late-night operating permits — Jack in the Box was granted a permit to operate after 2 a.m., but not between 4 and 6 a.m. Neighbors had hoped that closing the restaurant between 2 and 4 a.m., when the nightlife crowd is hungry and going home, would prevent late-night safety issues and noise.
“No one asked for it to be closed from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.,” said David Lee, a business owner and member of the Richmond Community Police Advisory Board. “4 a.m. to 6 a.m. does nothing to address the core issue of public safety. With the bars closing at 2 a.m. and this being the best place to go for people to sober up is not a reason. We think the best place to sober up is at home.”
Chris Rillo, a San Francisco attorney working on the appeal for the group of neighbors, said the business operating past 2 a.m. is a “disturbance to the community.”
Arthur Bryden, a consultant for the restaurant’s owners, said the business is trying to be a good neighbor. He said the owners are holding off on operating after 2 a.m. until their staff has been trained on litter cleanup and increased security is in place, which were part of the permit conditions.
“They could’ve opened up right after the ruling,” Bryden said.
A 300-page appeal — with statements, police reports and signatures supporting a 2 to 4 a.m. closure — was filed on behalf of the neighbors.
The permit appeal is expected to be heard today.
The group began a petition to have the business closed from 2 to 4 a.m. after a hit-and-run incident early Thanksgiving Day that hospitalized a Cal Fire firefighter after he was allegedly run over by a sport utility vehicle after an argument with the driver at the Jack in the Box.