The Counter burger bar at the Fountains in Roseville will close on May 20. It will be replaced by the 8th Jack Urban Eats location, reports Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal.
In the fall, the Fountains at Roseville will get the eighth location of Jack’s Urban Eats , the epicurean cafeteria-style restaurant that started out in midtown Sacramento.
The Jack’s will take the 2,800-square-foot restaurant space now occupied by The Counter: Custom Built Burger restaurant. The Counter is closing and the space will be remodeled into a Jacks.
Jack’s is a counter-serve restaurant that features the kind of fare a diner would expect in a full-service restaurant. Jack’s lets diners choose toppings for their salads or sandwiches from a wide variety of ingredients. It also offers a choice of a number of hot side dishes including mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and macaroni and cheese.
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