You Don't Know Jack

Jack in the Box, the San Diego-based hamburger chain that boasts over 2,200 stores in 20 states, has finally put down roots in the Indianapolis area, with locations in Avon (9769 E. U.S. 36, 317-209-8279) and Greenwood (8950 S. U.S.31, 317-883-3035), as well as a third eatery to open at 2130 N. Post Road on April 16. Hoosiers have already grown accustomed to the chain’s eclectic menu that ranges from hamburgers and chicken sandwiches to tacos and teriyaki bowls. Even the Jumbo Jack and bacon shake have entered our fast-casual lexicon. But what local diners might not know about this recent transplant is that the chain’s antenna ball-headed mascot, Jack, has a distinctive Hoosier connection. In fact, he and Indiana go way back, as witnessed in this Jack in the Box commercial that aired a few years ago: