Wok Chi opens in Brandon with fundraiser
BRANDON - The new Wok Chi fresh casual Chinese restaurant, 2420 West Brandon Blvd., in Regency Square, is making a splash in the Brandon community. It offers a 50 percent discount on food to all military, law enforcement and firefighters who dine in the restaurant in uniform and a 20 percent discount if not in uniform but presenting service identification. The restaurant's recent grand opening, attended by more than 300 people, doubled as a fundraiser for the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center's children's summer camp programs. It brought in $4,000, enough to benefit more than 40 children. The Wok Chi philosophy includes a Green Tea Initiative, an expression of gratitude and hospitality that flows to its patrons, community charities, military and civil servants, community gardens and food drives.Wok Chi wants to give chi back to those who serve its country, and Rahul Chaubal, vice president of operations for Wok Chi, who was excited about the community's support of Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. He considers it a "perfect fit for our concept and we look forward to working with them on future events to help continue their cause." "We are extremely appreciative of Wok Chi and their support," said Chuck Burgess, executive director of Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. The nonprofit center is open to the public and offers swim lessons, Saladino Baseball Academy camps, Golden City Gymnastics and Cheerleading, Lee Jacobs martial arts, Team Colwill Diving, Blue Wave swim team, youth and adult tennis programs, volunteer opportunities and Team TRIDENT, a full-day, year-round program for intellectually disabled youth and adults. Send community news to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.