Creative team set to open new locally-ran restaurant, gallery, and event spaces in National City

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A new multi-use development is coming to National City, complete with housing opportunities, a mixture of work and retail spaces, and an event, gallery, and restaurant space operated by National City native, Phillip Esteban, and his creative team, Open Gym.

The development, titled 8th & B, will break ground this month with a completion date scheduled for 2021. Esteban––renowned for his culinary work with Momofuku, Born & Raised, and Ironside––will act as head chef for the 3,000-sq. ft restaurant inside the development, with Open Gym curating the adjacent event and gallery spaces.

Created with the mission of centralizing National City as an arts district run, by and large, by its own community members, the 8th & B spaces plan to connect local figures, eateries, artists, and non-profit organizations through various communal initiatives and events, beginning with Open Gym's Neighbors event on Saturday, July 14th.

Labeled a "one-day festival," Neighbors will offer previews of the upcoming project, as well as free, family-friendly sessions––including interactive arts stations, musical performances, and local food vending––from 2pm to 9pm. The ticketed portion of the event, beginning at 4pm, will be used to garner proceeds for National City arts center, A Reason To Survive (ARTS).

Tickets and food / drink packages for the event can be purchased here.