George Chen and his wife Cindy Wong-Chen (Betelnut, Shanghai 1930) and director of operations Richard Miyashiro (Boulevard, Hakkasan) have planned one of the most ambitious and anticipated openings of spring 2015: China Live. A complex many are calling the “Chinese Eataly,” the massive, 30,000-sq.-ft. space, designed by Avro/KO, is floors of possibilities, starting downstairs with an upscale, interactive Chinese food market with numerous stations, noodle bar, seafood and raw bar, demos, exhibition kitchen, a bar and a cafe and eating stations. Upstairs there will be an exclusive, eight-table restaurant accessed only by a back alley (dubbed Eight Tables by George Chen), a futuristic bar overlooking Broadway Street and a more intimate lounge, Madame’s Parlour, recalling retro Shanghai. The forward-thinking project also includes an exclusive rooftop patio and plans to restore the building’s underground movie theater, as upstairs will also house offices of The San Francisco Film Society. – Zagat (01/08/14)