Outside of the $20 million George Chen spent on his China Live food emporium on Broadway, or the $13 million the Oakland Zoo shelled out for the Landing Cafe’s gondolas and scenic views, the first half of 2017 has been a relatively low-key affair in terms of restaurant openings. Big-name chefs made splashes in St. Helena, but in San Francisco, most restaurateurs have been cozying up to comfort food and fast-casual business principles.
When it comes to the year’s newcomers, China Live has probably generated the most debate and conversation. The first phase of ambitious Chinatown project, the street-level restaurant and retail shop, opened on March 1, but there’s still more to come. The complex’s new 50-seat bar, Cold Drinks,recently opened and the upper floors remain under construction, as owner George Chen builds a fine dining restaurant, Eight Tables. 644 Broadway, San Francisco – San Francisco Chronicle (07.05.17)