Crime Down after 24-Hour Burger Joint Closed

The Richmond District has been quieter since a 24-hour Jack in the Box closed, some neighbors say.

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    Jack in the Box's lights are off in the Richmond District between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

    Early morning scuffles and commotion from an Inner Richmond hamburger joint led San Francisco city officials to revoke its 24-hour operating permit -- and now that peace and quiet have returned to the area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., the Geary Boulevard Jack in the Box is unlikely to open so late again, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    Police have responded to about half of the number of calls they did in 2010 since the Jack in the Box's hours were reduced, according to police statistics.

    Cops responded to the restaurant in the early morning hours on Thanksgiving Day, after a fight that began at the eatery's dining room spilled out into a local gas station, where a man is suspected of using his vehicle to ram an off-duty firefighter.

    The eatery was reportedly operating 24 hours without proper city permits. The restaurant's owners have since applied for the permits, but local business owners say that having the Jack in the Box closed for the night makes the most sense.

    The Entertainment Commission will mull allowing the Jack in the Box to be open past 2 a.m. at its meeting Tuesday.