Supervisor Eric Mar wants public input on Jack in the Box hours

Richmond district Supervisor Eric Mar said Wednesday he hopes concerned neighbors will be heard when it comes time to discuss whether Jack in the Box should return to a 24-hour operation.

The fast food eatery at Geary Boulevard and 11th Avenue has been under increased scrutiny after a savage incident Thanksgiving morning that stemmed from a fight inside the restaurant.

Some neighbors expressed outraged following the incident, saying the Jack in the Box, particularly its parking lot, has long been a haven for drunken thuggery.

That concern led to a discovery by the Entertainment Commission that the Jack in the Box’s owner does not have an extended hours permit. The commission ordered the owner to close shop at 2 a.m.

But obtaining a permit is a relatively fast and inexpensive process. While residents will have a chance to oppose the permit at a public hearing, the probability of denial appears slim given the language in the police code.

Mar called the 2 a.m. closure “a good thing” and hopes the Entertainment Commission will consider the concerned neighbors.

“That’s a troubled area,” he said. “It has several bars around it. It has a motel and massage parlors in close proximity as well.”

Entertainment Commission Executive Director Joceyln Kane believes there can be a compromise.

“It’s more likely that the constructive outcome is going to be a set of conditions, earned through discussion with police and neighbors and supervisors in the district under which [the Jack in the Box] can operate,” Kane said.

Mar said he’s scheduled to meet with Jack in the Box management on the matter. He said he is also working with police on plans to make the area safer at night.

“It’s a really important issue for our district,” Mar said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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