SAN DIEGO – A controversial Jack in the Box recently reopened in North Park, after a back-and-forth in City Hall involving former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and interim Mayor Todd Gloria.
As his last order of business, Filner ordered the fast food restaurant to halt construction on a major remodeling project. He agreed with neighbors that a drive-thru addition should not have been part of the plans.
But when Gloria became interim mayor, he made it his first order of business to reverse Filner’s order. Although he also opposed the drive-thru, he did not want the city to face a lawsuit from Jack in the Box.
Instead, residents have filed a lawsuit, arguing that zoning has changed, and the city should have stopped the drive-thru.
Jack in the Box released a statement about the North Park location:
“We’re pleased that, despite the administrative choke hold applied by our former mayor, our restaurant in North Park has re-opened and is once again serving the local community as it has done for more than 52 years. There’s been a lot of misinformation about this project shared with the media, but the fact is that Jack in the Box followed the City’s protocol for obtaining a permit to remodel the restaurant and City inspectors closely followed every step of construction.”