Downtown San Jose's homegrown dining scene is on the upswing with the addition of First to Market, the new restaurant that opens Tuesday on the corner of South First and San Salvador streets in downtown San Jose.

Owners Joe Gradillas and Jennifer Lin have done a nice job reviving the spot on the ground floor of the Agenda Lounge, which has been dark for dining purposes since Bayonne closed nearly three years ago.

Chef Domingo Wolbert has put together a nice menu of what Gradillas calls "American comfort food with a regional emphasis." Of course, the region isn't always ours, as is the case with the Bourbon Brisket Pot Pie or the elk sausage-stuffed rabbit leg.

This should all be good news for patrons of nearby San Jose Stage and the galleries on the southern end of the SoFA District, where dining options have been picking up with the recent additions of Cafe Stritch and Orchestria Palm Court.

Gradillas is also a co-owner of Singlebarrel, the craft cocktail lounge in the Agenda's cellar, so he's pretty familiar with the area's vibe. And he and Lin already are making the restaurant part of the district's art scene by devoting one of the restaurant's walls every month to a local artist. The first to be featured is photographer Jennifer Bullock OwYoung, and her photos of San Jose and the South Bay are on display now.

KING OF COUNTRY: When it comes to country radio, you'd think that the best station managers would be someplace like Texas or Tennessee, where they were born wearing cowboy boots. Well, you'd be wrong. Last weekend, Nate Deaton of San Jose country station KRTY-FM received the General Manager of the Year award for large markets at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

I've known Nate for years, and it's a well-deserved award for a guy who works his butt off to make KRTY known around the nation as being one of the major players in country radio. That goes for the concert scene, too, where the station packs the house at Club Rodeo and other venues. Not bad for a San Jose native who I don't think I've ever seen in a cowboy hat.

MUSICAL RUN TO THE ROW: The third annual 408K Run is on Sunday, with the course starting at SAP Center in downtown San Jose and ending at Santana Row, and this year the race is adding to its soundtrack.

There'll be music on the course provided by FM radio stations KSCU, KBAY, KRTY and KMEL for each of the first four miles. The final mile will follow tradition with live mariachi bands, plus music from 93.3 La Raza. And Mix 106.5 will provide the finish line tunes.

Get more information or register at www.the408k.com.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.