Mala Sichuan Bistro — whose chef received a James Beard nomination this year — is planning to expand across the Houston area, according to reports.

The regional Chinese restaurant currently has an Asiatown location near Beltway 8 and the Westpark Tollway and a location in Montrose, where it opened about two years ago.

Community Impact reported last week that Mala Sichuan was one of several restaurants coming to the new Asian shopping center called Katy Asian Town. That location is expected…