The Ramona Jack in the Box gets a facelift after nearly two years of planning.
Construction began at the restaurant at 1056 Main Street on March 1 and is expected to continue through the last week of May, outlet owner David Beshay said.
“This will be the last and greatest Jack in the Box-approved set of scenery,” said Beshay, who estimates it’s been at least 15 years since the last remodel. “It will be more modern and will integrate into the community. We tried to bring the community into the restaurant.“
Beshay said the dining room is being expanded to accommodate customers who want to sit down for a meal, and the kitchen is being updated to make it more convenient for employees. Just about everything inside the restaurant will be new, including the kitchen, walk-in boxes, equipment, plumbing and electrical, he said.
Other updates include the addition of new digital menu boards behind the counter and at the drive-thru.
Gabriela Marks of San Diego-based Marks Architects, which is designing the project, said the 376-square-foot outdoor patio is being converted into an indoor dining area. The new configuration will offer a total of 58 indoor seats, she said.
The kitchen and dining room upgrades are significant, she said.
“We’ll do a full kitchen and dining demo, leaving just the four walls,” Marks said. “We’ll come up with a more efficient design that will minimize wait time at the drive-thru, and the dining room will be really nice.
“We are thrilled to see this project go into construction,” she added. “We’ve been planning this remodel for almost two years.”
Scott Barone of Senergy Construction, based in Murrieta, is the contractor for the project. Beshay declined to reveal the cost of the expansion and renovation, except to say it is a “substantial investment”.
$2,500 grants available for micro businesses
Local microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a $2,500 county grant.
The microbusiness grant program is funded by the County Board of Supervisors with approximately $4.175 million allocated by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.
Funds can be used to pay for new equipment, daily operating expenses, permits and other items, depending on the county.
Microenterprises could be eligible to apply for a grant if they meet the following conditions:
- The business started before December 31, 2019, is the main source of income for the owner and is currently in operation or planning to reopen.
- Generated less than $50,000 in income during the 2019 tax year.
- Currently has five or fewer full-time employees and had five or fewer employees in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
- Has been heavily impacted by COVID-19.
- Never received a grant from the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 31 and are available online at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/microbusinessgrant.html.
The county has a contract with Southwestern College’s Small Business Development Center to accept and review grant applications.
For more information or assistance, contact the Ramona Chamber of Commerce online at ramonachamber.com, by phone at 760-789-1311 or by email [email protected]