A new proposal to the city of Carlsbad could transform the local dining experience in the near future.
It's a concept that would redevelop the strip of restaurants on Carlsbad Village Drive and allow restaurants to turn their parking spaces in front of the businesses into patios.
The owner of Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, Belynn Gonzales, would be the first to try this new patio expansion in Carlsbad Village area.
Gonzales said she would provide the funding for the pilot because she believes it would be great for her business and give her customers another dining option.
"We would be able to serve food, beverage and have music out there, so hopefully other restaurants on the street and the chocolate bar would incorporate the same venue," she said. "It would be so nice and pretty in the village."
Other business owners like the new patio approach, saying it would draw more people to Downtown Carlsbad and be more pedestrian-friendly.
If the proposal passes in the city in the next two months, the project would be the first of its kind in San Diego County.