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Wok House re-opening eaten up by waiting local residents

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Back in business: George Jin reopened the Wok House last week and has been running to catch up since. These six take-out orders went out the door in under three minutes and folks were lined up outside for more. JOURNAL PHOTO/BURCHELL

PRESCOTT - A familiar business has been missing for the last five weeks, as Prescott weathers the COVID storm of closures. But they are back, and busier than ever.

George Jin of the Wok House put his apron back on and returned to work last week. Like other restaurants in Ontario, they are only open for takeout and pickup orders until things change.

But those takeouts bags are flying out the door.

"Very, very busy - people missed us," said Jin briskly Sunday afternoon, as he ran from the stove to the foyer, where the tables have been set up end-to-end to make a bag-drop, holding area. But they don't wait there long; as soon as George flies back to the kitchen door to start another batch of orders, bags start going out the door. Waiting staff let only one person in at a time, then scoop up the order to ring it in. They are doing a phenomenal job of remembering who is picking up what.

As for delivery, that familiar little car is travelling to all neighbourhoods in town, sometimes the same area five or six times a day.

"Gonna set a record," George said while on the run back to the kitchen.

He probably will. For over 25 years he has served both U.S. and Canadian residents from this low-key spot in the middle of King Street. Well known to the community, the Wok House has always been busy, but things appear to be at a fever pitch right now.

If you are going to call with an order, don't be surprised to go on a waiting list, especially on the weekend.

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