Wild Rice to close Vancouver location to concentrate on New West

Wild Rice restaurant is closing its original location in Vancouver to consolidate its operations at the restaurant it opened at New Westminster's River Market two years ago.

In a release Thursday, Wild Rice said the last day for dining at 131 West Pender, which was opened in August 2001, will be Jan. 31.

"This has not been an easy decision," said Wild Rice owner Andrew Wong. "It's time to spend more time with my family. I want to concentrate my efforts on the New Westminster location as I see the area as an emerging market. New Westminster has been tremendously welcoming and supportive of Wild Rice.

The Vancouver restaurant was on the edge of old Chinatown.

"When we first opened, we were the only restaurant for blocks. We were also the first to bring the concept of 'modern Chinese cuisine' to Vancouver. I am very proud of that. We are also the first Chinese restaurant to embrace the local, seasonal and sustainable movement," said Wong. "I look forward to welcoming many of our Pender regulars to New Westminster. I know they are going to love it."

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