What could be San Diego County’s new dining destination for staples opened Monday as South Bay’s very first food court after much anticipation over a pandemic-induced setback.
Developed in part by Joel Tubao, who grew up in South Bay himself, Market on 8th has 14 different vendors that offer a range of delicious Cajun barbecue dishes, Filipino cuisine, comforting coffee and more.
“The community just deserves it,” Tubao told NBC 7. “South Bay deserves it, National City deserves it, so we’re going to have a number of food vendors here to serve the public.”
The 11,000 square foot food hall is located where a furniture warehouse once stood. It has a beer garden, colorful wall art, and several vendors who are also from South Bay.
“I think they’re going to have an experience of what a national city is and what we’re all here for,” said Bobby Alfonso, owner of Cafe Indonesia. “We are a diverse community, like a melting pot. “
Fourteen new restaurants are expected to open inside the Marketplace on the 8th of next week, NBC 7’s Amber Frias reports.
Originally slated to open in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic put those plans aside because the food hall had to stop construction for more than a year. Fortunately, things were able to start again and the project, although delayed by 19 months, was able to materialize.
“Because of that, it took longer for everything to be finished and set up, but we are here now and are delighted to open today,” said Moe Ebrahimi, owner of Moe’s Coffee.
Residents of National City will have their own space created by one of their own natives.
“We’re going to keep people here. We will keep the jobs here, ”Tubao said of the melting pot of cultures under one roof. “We’re going to keep the people living here in the community and we’re just hoping to capture a lot of the community coming back to National City and South Bay.”
Market on 8th is located at 41 E 8th St. National City, CA 91950, just off Interstate 5.