FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Hardik Patel and his family are bringing Wok Box to Fort St. John.

Patel, who is also the owner of Cobs Bread, says he moved to the Energetic City in 2013 with his wife, eventually becoming a permanent resident.

The couple decided they wanted to be business owners, so they decided to first open up Cobs Bread in June 2020, with a couple of other business options in mind for the future. Wok Box was one of those options.

Patel and his wife’s goal has been to bring more food options to the community, so residents didn’t have to travel out of town to find something new.

Construction on the restaurant’s new location at 9317 96 Street, near Cobs Bread, started in December. The location could be opened as soon as the end of the month, however, a date has not been set.

“I would say by the end of April, we should be open, but sometimes last-minute things come up that we are not aware of,” said Patel.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Patel says there were some delays with construction, and staff training is still required.

Patel and his family are also excited to start another new business together.

“We are local. We did Wok Box and Cobs Bread. We run as a family,” said Patal.

He says the announcement of the new restaurant has also been well received by residents.

Wok Box takes inspiration from 10 different Asian countries in their food.

“They have different types of food from noodles, rice, poutine, beans, soups, snacks,” described Patel, noting the vegan and vegetarian options available.

“All the food is in-house made, even the sauces. We have over 25 sauces which are made in-house from scratch.”

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the grand opening announcement.