After a long night of drinking, New Work City founder Tony Bacigalupo and King Wok founder Yoshi Chang agreed to join forces for a new retail location.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” Bacigalupo said, at the impromptu midnight press conference. “You have the collaborative, social work environment of coworking, combined with, well, delicious Chinese food.”
The new location, dubbed “New Wok City,” will offer daily and monthly membership rates, as well as lunch and combo specials. For $30, customers can drop in for the day and get access to high speed internet, printing and faxing services, and a side of pork fried rice plus their choice of wonton, egg drop, or hot and sour soup.
When asked if an egg roll could be substituted for soup, Chang responded, “egg roll is extra.”
New Wok City will offer new dishes that compliment the coworking theme, including Starfish Soup, Like-Minded Lo Mein, and Community Cold Cucumber with Scallion Sauce.
“It’s really a dream come true,” said New Work City member Matt Van Horn. “Coworking was already fabulous, but I always had this nagging feeling like there needed to be more Moo Goo Gai Pan. Now I can have everything I need!”
King Wok’s customers, too, are excited about the move. One customer told us, “I come here every day for the Shredded Beef with Spicy Green Pepper, but I never had a community of like-minded people I could eat and work beside. I’m looking forward to meeting more people who share my love for pan-fried Chinese goodness.”
This is the first known venture that combines a coworking space with a restaurant, but Bacigalupo is confident that there will be no shortage of interest.
“With coworking, you have a variety of different people gathering together in one place: designers, developers, entrepreneurs, consultants, feelancers, writers, and more. In our dish of Ten Ingredient Fried Rice, you’ve got peas, carrots, eggs, onions, scallions, pork, tofu, shrimp, beef, and rice. In both cases, the combination of different ingredients makes for a delicious collaboration.”
When reached for follow-up comments this morning, Bacigalupo had no time for comment. He has only this to say:
“I’d talk about our Chinese food coworking space, but I’m a little busy celebrating April Fool’s Day.”
More on this and other April Fool’s Day stories as they develop.