Jack in the Box coming to Indy

March 9, 2009
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Jack in the BoxThe West Coast fast-food stalwart Jack in the Box is looking to expand to Indianapolis this year. The San Diego-based burger chain plans to open as many as five locations in 2009 and four to eight more per year after that in central Indiana, an industry source tells Property Lines. The chain has more than 2,000 locations in 18 states, primarily in the West, but none yet in Indiana. Jack in the Box also owns and operates Qdoba Mexican Grill, which has 26 locations in the Hoosier state. The flagship Jack in the Box serves made-to-order hamburgers, specialty sandwiches, tacos, salads and shakes. Good grub?
  • i love jack in the box
  • I've tried it a few times in Cali. Not impressed.. I like their marketing though.. the creepy bobble head guy.
  • I'm willing to try it ... you know Hoosiers are scared of different fast foods,
    though. Dunkin Donuts is JUST now making a come back.
  • I still remember being in Cali and my Jack in the box experience. Basically, found a long black curly hair in my burger. When I nicely brought this to the attention of the cashier the response was it's not my hair. Still cracks me up. Needless to say I'll probably give them a second chance.
  • The Jack in the Box restaurants we have here in Tucson are pretty prevalent. Other than that, their tacos are pretty good. Just don't eat them on a regular basis :)
  • White Castles take years to kill you. With Jack in the Box if the salmonella doesn't kill you in a couple days you'll live until you eat the next one.
  • White Castles take years to kill you.

    But just hours to kill everyone else in the room!
  • Seems like a good fit for the Indiana palette. I guess everyone is beyond the
    e-coli scare associated with this chain by now?
  • “White Castles take years to kill you.”

    But just hours to kill everyone else in the room!

    I wondered where everybody went.
  • We don't have them yet, but I've been seeing their commercials here locally for some time...
  • We do not need any more fast food chains in Indy! How fat do people want this state to become? How about Baja Fresh or Taco Fresco or something else that's semi-healthy instead of another burger and fry chain.

    I do agree that their advertising is funny (and a little creepy).
  • As a native of the Golden State now living in the Hoosier State, it's best to compare Jack in the Box to Hardees (aka Carl's Jr). They have some killer 99 cent tacos, and their Oreo cookie milkshake is darn good.
  • Breakfast all day FTW! Feel like eating a breakfast burrito or sandwich or smoothie at 11:30 AM? You can at Jack in the Box! This makes me happy, as I just returned from Las vegas and was saying I thought JITB was underrated and In-n-Out was overrated.

    Oh, and DWNTWNINDY, we've already had Baja Fresh in Indy, and I don't know if it was due to poor franchise management, pie-un-the-sky promises from Corporate or that people just didn't go- but it closed a couple years ago. I know there was one in Fishers and one in Greenwood, and I don't know if there were any others.
  • I lived in LA for years and as a vegetarian, I can't speak to their burgers, but their jalapeno poppers and toasted ravioli were pretty sweet. (But I think the ravioli are gone now.
    In fact, on a recent road trip through Missouri, my craving required a special stop at a JITB drive-thru for some of said poppers. Just as good as I remembered them.

    My wife just doesn't understand.
  • As a native of Indy now living in Los Angeles, I have to admit having developed a weakness for Jack in the Box. It's a favorite after a night at the club. Club closes, walk down the street to Jack in the Box and order up a Yumbo Yack wit Queso (Jumbo Jack with Cheese). Mmmm Mmmm good.... Gotta give the Ciabatta Bacon Burger a try too, probably one of the best fast food burgers I've ever head (just don't eat it too often, it will DEFINITELY blow your daily calorie intake!).
  • This is the best news ever! I moved here 6 years ago from Texas and miss Jack! Everytime I go home, I stop by. If you want health food, definitely stay away, but if you're a fast food person, this is definitely one of the best! Most are late night or 24 hours too. I can't wait for 2 monster tacos with buttermilk ranch after a night out!
  • Wow. There are 23 JITB franchises in virtually-chain-restaurant-free Austin, TX. FYI...
  • Ahhh...yes!! Love it. Good charcoal-grilled burgers. As a former resident of LA the Jumbo Jack was tough to beat. For you connoisseurs out there, you would recall the famous Rodney Allen Ripey commercials from the 70's...what a great kid!

    Check out one of these classics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zS5yDj4n-M
  • Look out Phoenix-Mesa, AZ! Indy is hot on your trail!
  • I've tried them when I was in California. Not entirely sure what the point is. Generic fast food.
  • much rather have an In-N-Out Burger.
  • I love Jack in the Box! I got fat on my internship eating chicken sandwiches with ranch sauce to dip! MMMMmmmmmmmm...Can't wait!
  • This is great news! We love Jack In The Box. Lots of variety of choices, good breakfast choice, Coke products vs. Pepsi. I know a bunch of us transplants from the West that this is great news!
  • I hope my ASU alumni chapter here in Indy will meet at a Jack-in-the-Box when it opens. Could make for some good reminscing and networking, lol.
  • In-N-Out Burger? The Dude Abides
  • Jack in the box is ok (I always thought they were part of Hardees) but PLEASE bring me some In-N-Out.
  • I would be MUCH happier to hear that In 'n Out Burger was coming.....
  • In-N-Out rules, but you will never get one in Indy. They butcher and process their own meat at their facility in California. And since they never freeze their beef, all their stores are within a one-day's truck drive from southern CA.
  • Made my good day even better!
  • Will this be a franchise opportunity?

    Will 316 Investments and/or Aztec Partners who already have the franchising rights for Qdoba Mexican Grills in central Indiana monopolize this chain as well?
  • I love Jack in the Box.... I don't know if I loved it because we never had one here in Indy or if it was really that good. It brings back good memories eating there when visiting family out in CA. Glad to see them come to Indy!!!!
  • I love Jack in the Box! Now all we need is a Whataburger and Sonic and I'll feel like I'm back home in Texas.
  • Natalie,

    There is a Sonic in Avon!

    66 SOUTH RACEWAY, AVON, IN 46123
  • biggjon

    In-N-Out does rule :) They don't only have a warehouse in So Cal. There is one here in Arizona as well. We have two In-N-Outs here in Tucson and quite a number of them in Phoenix.

    I like Dog-n-Suds better than Sonic!
  • Dustin,

    I'm well aware of the In-N-Outs in Arizona; I live in Yuma, and pretty much the only thing that makes my life worth living in this Godforsaken town is the In-N-Out that opened last year.

    According to their website, all their beef is shipped directly from their plant in Baldwin Park, CA. I suppose they might have some local storage facilities in places farther away, such as Tucson and northern California. Still, unless they change their way of doing business, I doubt anyone outside of CA/AZ/NV/UT will ever get to enjoy a Double-Double unless they're on vacation in the southwest.
  • Also a CA native now living in IN - I always liked the insanely large menu - egg rolls, rice bowls, sourdough jack, curly fries, etc. Something for everyone. I'd rather see Jamba Juice set up shop in Indianpolis (and I've been waiting for that) but I'll take Jack in the Box; it's fast food but something a little different than the typical burger-fries chain.
  • I love JIB food but love the Jack commercials better..I can't wait to see Jack in Indy.
  • I am from the west cost and Jack makes a good burger. In college, after a late night, the tacos were the go to meal choice. They used to have Frings( a mixed order of fries/onion rings that were good.
  • You want fun marketing, you should check out their marketing promotion during/after the Super Bowl.. Check out www.hangintherejack.com Great marketing! Very fun! Already mentioned the great food. Mouth is watering for their tacos!
  • I love jack in the box...they will give mc donalds. burger king, rallys a run for their money. top quality food. they have learned from the mistakes in the past...
  • jack a ok
    I love Jack in the box.. Jumbo Jacks are good!!!
  • Old Sage
    Many years ago, ('70s?) at Hanna and Shelby Streets on the southside near UIndy, there was a sign posted at this site that formerly had a Roehl's Pharmacy of a "Jack In the Box" coming soon. I'm told there were several other locations around Indy where these signs were also posted. Please, someone, research this, as this is not the first time that JIB has shown interest in my hometown! Funny, that sign stood there for many years until the elements finally decimated it! (Never built that place!)
    Me...I'll go to Rallys! Good, cheap, and fast!
  • poo on you nay sayers
    Jack In The box would by far blow all other fast food restaurants in indiana out of the water! I grew up in so cal and still believe it is a hang over cure. And their special sauce is superb! I can't wait to binge on some ultimate breakfast sandwiches and bacon ultimate cheese burgers tacos prep cookie shakes with a side of potatoe wedges covered in cheese and bacon. Mmmmmmm
  • wooohooo!!
    I was born and raised in california and nevada. now i live in the greater indy area and i can say this was the best news i have heard in a long time. great menu and you can get whatever you want at any time of day, breakfast or burgers in the a.m. or p.m.
  • Great!!
    Jack in the Box is a great placed to eat at..I eat at the ones in TN, & AZ...I have been waiting to hear that one would eventually be coming to Indiana...especially close to where I live..I want people to know you will love it....
  • Opening in January
    One is being built on the southside now. (On County Line road/31 south) across from the mall. It's grand opening is in early January.
  • I Love Jack!
    JITB now leads the fast food industry in quality and food-safety! Great fast-food, great prices, and GREAT coupons! I wish they would bring back Ciabatta Burgers; those were the best buns ever!
  • DB
    Jack In The Box is one of the best if not THE BEST fast food restaurants I've ever had in my life. I have lived on the west coast half of my life and I have been waiting years to get one in Indiana. Any time I travel near one, I always stop in. I can't wait! I'll be their best customer!!!...lol
  • Jack in the box
    Was there a Jack in the Box ever in Indianapolis, In back in the 1960

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