New restaurant coming to Walnut Grove

JRG grows its presence in Langley, moving the Oak & Thorne, opening the Italian

The Jospeh Richard Group is adding another restaurant to the Langley food scene and will be moving its Oak & Thorne Public House across the street to the Sandman Hotel in the space formerly occupied by Shark Club.

The new restaurant they are bringing to Walnut Grove is an Italian-themed restaurant, appropriately called, The Italian, which will open at Oak and Thorne’s current location later this year.

The Italian will feature a wide range of menu items inspired by the ingredients, dishes and culinary traditions that have made Italy a food destination for tourists and foodies the world over.

The Italian theme is one that has always been on the radar for JRG, with individual dishes like handmade raviolis, creamy risottos and San Marzano tomato soup featured on menus at JRG establishments.

The JRG has four establishments in Langley including the Henry, Township Hall, S + L and the Oak and Thorne. An Asian infused restaurant called Sudo is coming soon to Langley, says the JRG website.

For JRG CEO Ryan Moreno, the Italian concept extends well beyond the delicious food.

“Food does so much more than nourish us,” said Moreno. “It brings family and friends together, sometimes for hours, to share great dishes and conversations over a multi-course meal.

“In Italy especially, sharing food and drink and bonding with extended family is a centuries-old tradition. That is what we’re all about at our establishments too.”

Leading the culinary team in the design of The Italian’s menu is JRG Director of Culinary Operations Matthew Stowe (Top Chef Canada winner) along with JRG Corporate Chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner), JRG Executive Chef Andy Slinn and opening Chef for the concept, Jason Harper.

“Italian food is one of the most comforting and universally loved cuisines in the world,” said Stowe.

“From creative handmade pastas and authentic pizzas to refined desserts that perfectly finish a meal, we look forward to exploring the full range of everything Italy has to offer.”

The Italian will be located at 20330 88 Avenue in Langley. Oak & Thorne will remain open in its current location until the move which is expected later this month or early November.

The Joseph Richard Group (JRG), is one of British Columbia’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations. Founded in 2002, JRG is one of British Columbia’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations, with 20 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta

Anyone interested in working at The Italian is encouraged to contact directly.