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Chinatown’s $20M Food Emporium Will Open in Early 2017

China LiveThe emporium, worth $20 million, will span four floors of an eight-four building in Chinatown and will be operated by longtime SF restaurateurs George Chen and Cindy Wong-Chen. Among other things, it will include a retail marketplace, a casual restaurant, a 200-person event space, and a bar on the roof. The retail marketplace will have over 1,500 specialty Chinese and Asian food cookware items.

The opening of China Live shows that San Francisco continues to provide a thriving business environment for multiple cultures and industries.


“China Live is a one-of-a-kind culinary destination,” Chen said in a statement. “The work we have done has been highly complex in terms of design, with the construction of multiple floors, curating a line-up of artisanal culinary products and carefully sourcing ingredients locally as well as throughout Asia. We are almost at the finish line and look forward to providing unprecedented access to Chinese gastronomy in time to celebrate Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – this January.”

The project is part of a revitalization of Chinatown. The building also houses several film organizations and the basement is occupied by the immersive theater company, Speakeasy. Down the street, the Michelin-starred Mr. Jiu’s opened earlier this year.

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