After a 19-month delay due to COVID-19, the South Bay's first food hall is finally scheduled to open.
According to NBC7, the food hall, called Market on 8th, is meant to highlight the great local cuisine San Diego County has to offer.
14 new restaurants will open inside of the market next week. One of those restaurants is Alfonso's Cafe Indonesia.
“It was originally opened by my grandfather in Manila, Philippines,” Bobby Alfonso told NBC7. “We’re a Dutch-Indo family... A lot of the family is excited. Everyone is rooting for us back in the Philippines as well as here, so it's a big thing."
The developer of Market on 8th, Joel Tubao is from the South Bay and points out that every restaurant and store in the market has ties to the area with many of them owned by National City residents.
Phillip Esteban is another local who will open two businesses in the market, a ramen restaurant and a home goods shop.
“Everyone from South Bay always drives up to North Park or Convoy, but this is now that new place where they can go to and experience new things from local business owners," Esteban told NBC7.