Walnut St.'s Wok closing to become boutique

Wok at 1613 Walnut St. since 1993.

Walnut Street is losing a longtime restaurant after Monday, Feb. 17 as Wok (1613 Walnut St.) shuts down after nearly 21 years.

Talk on the street is that the two-story building will go retail with the luxe lifestyle brand Calypso St. Barth signing a lease.

Wok owner Tony Cheng's people are downplaying the closing, suggesting in an email blast that Wok is in fact merging with Szechuan Hunan (274 S. 20th St.), owned by a family member.

Wok's head chef, an additional chef, a bartender and other staff will move there.