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Business boomed outside the Convention Center as well. Comic-Con, which attracts about 135,000 people yearly, delivers an economic impact of about $150 million annually. This year’s return is estimated to bring in $164 million to the region, with at least $3.2 million in local hotel and sales taxes, according to the San Diego Convention Center Corp.

The dining scene in the Gaslamp Quarter welcomed masses of people with both benefits born out of the pandemic and challenges that loomed from it.

At Il Sogno Italiano on Fifth Avenue, dozens of people ate at the restaurant’s elaborate and shaded parklet the business put together during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of mandated outdoor dining.

“Everybody’s outdoor outlet here is a direct influence of COVID and needs to be permanent. It’s definitely helped us with this many people from Comic-Con and we’ve got a few other events coming up next week,” said Eddie Sanchez, the restaurant’s general manager.

The setups on streets and sidewalks started as temporary fixtures but businesses looking to continue outdoor operations must apply for new permits to allow them to continue for a two-year period with fees.

Staffing, however, has been an issue since the pandemic, he added, “but we’re doing our best. We’re happy to see so many people out here.”

Despite the ongoing challenges, people partied and picked up their Comic-Con traditions where they left off pre-COVID.

One of those traditions came from customers at the Tin Fish restaurant, where a group of friends and strangers having beers outdoors held signs and rated cosplayers who passed by them.

They saw plenty of Spider-Men, one of the most popular costumes seen throughout the convention.

Several returning attendees said they noticed fewer cosplayers than in previous years. Kaghazchi, who dressed as an alien from the movie “Toy Story,” said the people she saw seemed to be clothed in on more elaborate costumes than in previous years. Maybe the long wait for an in-person convention was a factor.

“I feel some people probably took two years to kind of perfect their costumes,” Kaghazchi said.

Nearby was 13-year-old Adam Morales, of Colorado, who wore a Flash costume that lit up. His older brother, Jonathan Morales, who runs a cosplay prop store, created the piece using four power banks.

The San Diego Public Library offered a cosplay repair station for quick fix solutions by providing sewing supplies, adhesives and 3D printers.

Sunday marks Comic-Con’s last day.

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