I found out that the Jack in the Box at Lovers and Inwood had closed when public relations guru Jenifer Strauss publicly related her feelings about it last week on Facebook:
Good or bad, another chapter in my life closed today. I saw that the Jack in the Box at Lovers and Inwood closed — and with no notice, no “going out of business” sign, nothing. Just gone. I can remember eating 99-cent tacos there my whole life, trying to walk through the drive-thru, trying my first Jumbo Jack there, planning nights out with Steven and Rod. Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. Goodbye, Jack. You will be missed at 2 a.m.
I understand her pain. I’d feel the same way if I found out that the Jack in the Box around the corner from the Lakewood Theater was gone. (It’s still there, right? … [calling to confirm] … Yes, it’s still there.)
I called Jack in the Box spokesperson Brian Luscomb in San Diego, and he told me Strauss’ favorite fast-food joint — which had been on that corner since February of 1984 — was shuttered on Aug. 19 because its lease was up this month.
“With other Jack in the Boxes nearby — I think we have two others in a 5-mile radius — we opted to close this location,” Luscomb said.
But wait — who was the lease with? Dallas Central Appraisal District records list the owner of the property at 5235 W. Lovers Lane as Foodmaker Inc., which shares a mailing address with Jack in the Box’s corporate headquarters in San Diego. But Luscomb said his company’s records indicate the landlord is a Texas entity called Tregen Corp.
“I’m not sure why we’re showing up as the property owner,” he said.