Richmond District residents might like the calorie-loaded tacos at Jack in the Box, but they definitely care for the atmosphere inside the fast food joint.
As the RichmondSF blog points out, residents are circulating an online petition, asking the city's Entertainment Commission not to grant the restaurant a permit to operate 24 hours -- and they give rather good reasons why.
According to the petition:
This site has been a serious public nuisance in the neighborhood for decades. Garbage, noise, drunkenness, disorderly conduct and fights that occur after 2 a.m. use a disporportionate amount of our neighborhood police resources and have intimidated neighborhood residents. We the neighbors, businesses and residents call upon the Entertainment Commission to reject JIB's after-hour permit application.
Readers might recall that the Jack in the Box, located at 4649 Geary, is where 22-year-old Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel
allegedly got into a fight with Albert Bartal
, a 29-year-old Cal firefighter, on Thanksgiving Day. The two were seen arguing before Bartal left and walked to a nearby gas station. Esquivel allegedly followed Bartal with his car, then ran him over at the gas station. He drove off, leaving Bartal in critical condition.
Esquivel was later arrested and is being held with felony charges for mayhem, attempted murder,
assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with great bodily injury. Meanwhile, Bartal remains in the hospital, where he is clinging for life.
Upon closer look, city officials learned that this particular Jack in the Box did not have the proper permit to operate 24 hours. The city then forced the restaurant to close by 2 a.m.
and apply for the proper permit. Now, Jack in the Box is headed to the Entertainment Commission on Jan. 10, where it will ask for permission to cater to the drunk, unruly crowds at all hours of the day.
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