If you're wondering what happened to the Assistant Chef at Ba Ren
The assistant chef at Ba Ren is currently the head chef at the newly opened Fu An Garden. The former prep cook at Ba Ren is one of the owners. So far, my experiences have been mixed, but I still prefer the food at Fu An over anything else called "Sichuan" in San Diego.
The service has been quite friendly as well.
As far as I know "Shifu Cheng", the former certified master chef who was part owner in Ba Ren, who was also the head chef at ChungKing back in the 90's has relocated to the Bay area.