Quick Hits: China Live Opens, Amex Celebrates the Warriors

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The pantry at China Live
The pantry at China Live

Last night China Live hosted a sensational opening party. It’s been a long time since the San Francisco restaurant industry celebrated a new space with such a lavish affair. The new multi-story project is in the heart of Chinatown on Broadway Street and it features a restaurant, cafe, bar, and retail market space. Colorful salads, delicious dumplings, and excellent crudo were passed at the event where the sparkling rose flowed. With two more restaurant concepts set to open this spring, the 30,000 square-foot space, from George Chen, is a culinary destination that all overs of Chinese food should visit.

Golden State Warriors legend Antawn Jamison greets a fan
Golden State Warriors legend Antawn Jamison greets a fan

Photo Credit: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for American Express

Also last night: Amex hosted a unique event for Warriors fans. It was the second event in a series that the credit card brand is hosting. The American Express ‘All for Dub Nation’ Watch Parties allows card members to view the Warriors play an important game in a fabulous setting with interactive experiences and delicious food. Last night for the Warriors Clippers game, the viewing was held at Social Hall and featured throwback memorabilia including the four trophies that the Warriors have won in the NBA championship. Warriors legends Rick Barry, Muggsy Bogues, and the charming Antawn Jamison mingled with guests who enjoyed the game from couches and communal tables. On the menu? Meatloaf sandwiches, pigs in a blanket, macaroni and cheese, doughnuts, and fresh-made ice cream from Smitten.

The bar at Barrel Room
The bar at Barrel Room

The team behind The Barrel Room has purchased the lease to the old Bin 38 space in the Marina. Owner Sarah Trubnick wil work with the Barrel Room’s executive chef, Manny Hewitt, to develop the food program. The menu will focus on wine pairings and there will be a raw bar. The space is being completely remodeled, so expect it to open in early summer.

The Douglas Room
The Douglas Room

Mo Hodges and Brian Felley of Benjamin Cooper are opening a second bar in the former Fish & Farm space at the Tilden Hotel. It’s called the Douglas Room and it will feature innovative cocktails along with a menu that pays homage to East Coast-inspired dishes like Phillie cheesesteaks.

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