With dining-in back on the menu, Langley restaurants are getting busy again

New Langley dining establishment The Barley Merchant was staffing up to open. (Special to Langley Advance Times)New Langley dining establishment The Barley Merchant was staffing up to open. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Interior of the newly redone and reopened Townhall in Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)Interior of the newly redone and reopened Townhall in Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

With the end of the “circuit breaker” and return of dining-in, the Langley restaurant scene is getting busy again.

The Barley Merchant, a new taproom and kitchen, has announced it will be hiring 70 to 80 staff for their new 200-seat North Langley establishment.

Located at 20090 91A Ave. near the Colossus Movie Theatres in Thunderbird Village, the operation will be holding an outdoor hiring fair from June 10th to 13th to fill many of the available front-of-house and back-of-house positions.

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Owned and operated by lifelong Langley residents Tim and Theresa LaHay along with their partners, seasoned restaurateurs, Marv and Eddie Emerman, The Barley Merchant is opening a year later than planned.

Construction was slated to begin back in March of 2020 with a summer opening in mind but like many others in the hospitality industry, the pandemic threw them a real curveball.

“The first few weeks after restaurants and bars were forced to close, we found ourselves facing an uncertain future and there were some days that [we thought] our dream might not happen” Tim said.

“Then, as the restaurants and breweries reopened in limited capacity after the first shutdown, we got back out to support many of our local favourites and we knew that we had to press on and do everything we could to bring The Barley Merchant to life.”

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Elsewhere, Townhall Langley had closed for renovations on March 29, and was set to reopen 45 days later, but due to the shutdown, owners The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) decided to wait for dine-in service to return before reopening doors on Friday, June 4.

Located at at 19640 64 Ave., it is the original Townhall location, which opened 10 years ago and marked the first public house or restaurant venture for the hospitality group.

A company release said the makeover, which includes a revised menu, represents what customers can now expect from any new Public House location moving forward. Four Townhall locations remain with the original look and these will also get the same upgrades.

In a final step to reinvent Townhall, JRG has decided to drop the Public House label, naming it Townhall rather than Townhall Public House.

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