Per Diablo Dish:
"Allen Shi, who runs popular restaurants Yiping in San Ramon and Sichuan Fortune House in Pleasant Hill, is opening a new high-end Chinese concept in Pleasanton. China Lounge will be located 4220 Rosewood Drive in the Rose Pavilion shopping center next to the Ethan Allen furniture store. Shi, who hopes to open by the end of the month, says China Lounge will serve authentic Sichuan-style fare, which emphasizes spicy and bold flavors. Shi says this project is the most high end concept he’s ever done: he invested more than $1 million into renovating the interior, he’s importing a well-known chef from China to train his staff, and the food will showcase quality ingredients, including heritage breed Hampshire pork and cage free chicken. The 4,500-square-foot restaurant will seat around 100 in the dining room and another 30 or so at the bar, which has a full liquor license and eventually its own small plates menu.
“We’ll make everything on the spot, fresh to order,” Shi says. “Everything will be very high quality, because I think we need a good Chinese restaurant in that area.” "