"Trouble" SF Jack in the Box Open Late Again

A Jack in the Box location which neighbors say is a magnet for fights and noise can stay open unti 4 a.m.

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    A Jack in the Box that neighbors in San Francisco's Richmond District call a magnet for noise and crime is off of life support and back open late at night.

    Burgers and fries are on until early in the morning again in the Richmond District of San Francisco.

    A Jack in the Box fast food restaurant has the green light to operate until 4 a.m. from city officials at the Entertainment Commission, despite neighborhood opposition and tales of late-night violent and crime at the Geary Boulevard burger joint.

    The burger joint was operating 24 hours a day without a city permit before a nasty Thanksgiving Day fight drew attention to the situation, according to the San Francisco Examiner. An off-duty firefighter was run over by a car driven by a South City man after the two got into a fight at the burger joint, which is a popular stop for the Inner Richmond bar crowd following last call.

    Entertainment Commission members said the burger joint should remain open past 2 a.m. in order to accomodate drinkers. "It helps people not be as drunk," said commissioner Audrey Joseph, according to the newspaper.

    The Jack in the Box location had been operating 24 hours a day "for decades" prior to the Thanksgiving Day vehicular assault, which occurred at a nearby gas station, a restaurant liasion told the newspaper.

    "We’re not a bar, we’re not a club and we don’t serve alcohol," Jennifer Cunanan told the newspaper. "And there is no correlation between the police data and our business."