The long-awaited 8th Market will open on Monday, October 18, bringing a space for family gatherings to National City and contributing to the diversity of dining options now available in the neighborhood.
Located at the corner of East 8th Street and A Avenue next to Neiderfrank’s Ice Cream, the 9,000 square foot Public Market with a 2,000 square foot beer garden. The line consists of 12 food vendors and 2 retail outlets with familiar industry names such as Moe Coffee and MNGO as well as first-time restaurants.
Developer Joel Tubao, whose family-owned real estate company Pacific Point Properties has operated in the area since the 1950s, added communal tables inside and out and decorated the walls of the renovated building with old photos from National. City. He tells Eater that he wants the market to be a destination for all of San Diego, but he’s especially proud of what this means for the local community in terms of jobs and new business. “In everything we do, we want to celebrate this sense of pride, for those who live here and grew up here,” says Tubao.
Tubao co-founded Chula Vista’s Novo Brazil Brewing Company, which has a food hall outpost with 20 taps and a take-out section for its beer, kombucha, and hard seltzer.
Among the new establishments in San Diego is Cafe Indonesia, which continues a family tradition and celebrates owner Robert Alfonso’s Indonesian-Dutch heritage as well as his upbringing (Alfonso was born in the Philippines and raised in Japan). an Indonesian restaurant in Manila for two decades and Market on 8th’s menu includes his aunt’s recipe for traditional beef rendang and nasi goreng as well as dishes like adobo fried chicken sandwiches on Japanese milk bread.
Although those close to Thunchanok Peralta own Thai restaurants in the area, Ping Ying is his first culinary business. Focusing on Thai street food and other less seen dishes, Peralta prepares a variety of combined snacks and plates, including Thai sausages, barbecued meat and veg kebabs, and sticky rice.
With roots in the South Bay, the market is especially important to Phillip Esteban, whose community development work is just as important to the chef as his culinary exploits. “Growing up in National City and later in Paradise Hills, these were areas that weren’t the most desirable areas in San Diego,” says Esteban. “Part of who I am today is discovering who I am and giving back to my profession and to my community, through food and my culture. Esteban has spaces adjacent to Market on 8th for Weapon, his ramen restaurant that will also offer breakfast, Japanese sandwiches, and takeout bento boxes, and Wordsmith, a food store selling chef’s supplies and books. of the kitchen.
Moe Coffee, which has other locations in Little Italy and North Park, will kick off the mornings with organic coffee drinks, breakfast dishes and panini.
The line also includes an extension of the MNGO cafe from the Convoy dessert store, La Central Grill from Chula Vista, Pacific Poke from Poway and Smitty’s Taste of the Bayou, a Louisiana-style barbecue that was operating in North Park as well as brand new storefronts. for popular local pop-ups Pizza Kaiju and Serbesa Filipino Kitchen.
Market on 8th, 41 East 8th Street, National City.