GUEST BLOG / By Tammy Murga, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune--The new food hall in National City’s downtown is buzzing on any day of the week. People sip coffee while browsing their laptops in the mornings, co-workers chat about the day over lunch and families break bread across long, wooden tables for dinner.
Council members approved modifications to the business’ conditional use permit, allowing live performances and expanded operating hours to the site, which is located on 8th Street and A Avenue. The changes mean the food hall can now host live entertainment, including bands, karaoke or DJs, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily and sell craft beer and wine until midnight. Prior to the approval, the business could only have a solo entertainer and sell beer from Novo Brazil — the food hall’s only beer vendor — until 10 p.m. The Market can also add a bar on its enclosed rear patio, allow alcohol consumption on the front patio, which is surrounded by a low-level metal fence, and sell alcohol to go.
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