Jack’s La Jolla, the darling of the local dining and nightlife scene, suddenly closed its doors yesterday.
“The economy isn’t the only factor,” according to owner Bill Berkley. (My guess is that the economy is only a very small part of the decision to shut down. Cash poor restaurants don’t close in the height of the tourist season when they can make tons of money.)
The 17,000 square-foot, three-level restaurant had been a popular destination for the young and the restless since it opened four years ago.
The good news is that diners and drinkers have other great choices on Prospect Street’s restaurant row. George’s (pictured above), Alfonso’s, the Crab Catcher, Azul, and The Whaling Bar at La Valencia are all about having a good time.
Good bye, Jack.
Hello George, Alfonso, and friends.
2011 update: A former bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $3 million from the now-closed Jack’s La Jolla dining and entertainment venue pleaded not guilty to felony charges. A prosecutor said in court that Tara Moore, 39, used her position to write herself checks from the restaurant’s bank accounts and later funneled back into the business some of the money she had allegedly stolen. The thefts led to Jack’s closing in July 2009, the prosecutor said.
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