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New food concepts coming to big spaces in San Francisco's Chinatown and Oakland

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With its restaurants, shops and farmers market, the Ferry Building Marketplace on San Francisco's Embarcadero is a magnet for residents and visitors alike. Word comes this week of two new developments being planned around food: one in the heart of Chinatown and one in Oakland's Jack London Square.

Chinatown, San Francisco

The premises of the much-loved former dim sum restaurant Gold Mountain, which closed at the end of 2011, will give way to a 20,000-square-foot successor of a new ilk. The space at 644 Broadway will combine with space at 660 Broadway next door, creating an even larger ground floor space to house a food and beverage marketplace with exciting grocery retail, food court, casual dining, cooking demos and more.

On the second floor, an upscale Chinese restaurant called Eight Tables is planned to open in 2014 in an intimate space, complete with bar, lounge and banquet room. Apparently, there is potential for a roof garden with city views. A change of license sign spotted in the storefront window indicates that Cynthia April Wong, wife of George Chen, is behind the new project. Chen's name is familiar to restaurant scene observers; he opened Union Street's Betelnut and Shanghai 1930, which closed in 2010.

Known as China Live, the opening is pencilled in for the Lunar New Year, February 19, 2015. Read more here from one keen observer on the evolution of Chinatown.

Jack London Square, Oakland

Across the bay, construction has begun at 98 Broadway at Jack London Square, a 34,000-square-foot food and entertainment complex is to be built by the waterfront. This is the site where Barnes and Nobles closed in 2010. In front of the Pavilion Building is a 15,000-square-foot outdoor plaza to be incorporated in the designs. The project managed by Trifecta Management Group out of Los Angeles is currently known as Plank.

According to East Bay Express, the press release reveals plans for an outdoor beer garden, gastropub, bocce courts and upscale bowling lanes.

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