Just a few years ago, the idea of planting a hip, upscale restaurant on a sleepy alley in San Francisco's China Basin neighborhood might have seemed nuts. But the local scene is rapidly changing.
At the city's eastern edge, once dominated by fading industrial structures, China Basin and the adjacent community of Mission Bay are reemerging as two of San Francisco's fastest-growing sections. In 2000, the Giants' baseball stadium, now called AT&T Park, opened here. More recently, the new 43-acre Mission Bay campus for the University of California, San Francisco catalyzed the nearby proliferation of office buildings and luxury condos.