Renovations to the local Milestones restaurant will hopefully raise about $3,000 to help Langley’s homeless.
The restaurant on the Langley Bypass, near 200th Street, opened back in 1999 and recently underwent a massive renovations.
Now, a grand re-opening celebration is being held Thursday, July 27, and will raise money for Langley’s Gateway of Hope homeless shelter and outreach centre, explained Milestones’ Jaivin Khatri.
“As part of our ongoing initiative to give back to the community we call home, we will be fundraising for the Salvation Army, Gateway of Hope by hosting a silent auction and 50/50 draw. In addition, all gratuities from [the three practice runs] will be donated to support this vital organization,” said Khatri, who is the region’s community relations and marketing manager.
“If we can raise $3,000 for them, we’ll be very happy,” said Khatri, who worked for three years as the assistant manager of the Langley restaurant, and who was instrumental in kicking off the company’s giving back initiatives.
“Six years ago, we started to do community work from Langley,” he said, recounting a “regulars party” they hosted for about 65 people. The event raised $2,600 for the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, and started it all.
Since then, those outreach efforts have “snowballed,” he said, noting that all the restaurants in the Lower Mainland now host similar community fundraisers, and to-date have generated more than $134,000 for charities.
“That all started with the efforts in Langley.”
Now, he’s hoping the grand re-opening bash will expand on that.
“We’re going to give one nice big lump sum to Gateway of Hope,” he said, challenging other local restaurants to do more philanthropic work in the community.
He noted Milestones has supported the Gateway for the past four years by catering their Ride Into History, which is happening this weekend in Langley.
It’s important, Khatri insisted, to “take care of your community. By getting involved and taking care of the community, we can only hope the community will remember the efforts when they’re looking to go out as a family or group and celebrate something special.”
The more all types of businesses do to help give back to the community, “the better off we will all be,” Khatri said.
Coming up on 20 years without a major facelift, the restaurant was overdue for some changes, Khatri said, noting the painted spurs on the windows showed how out-of-date the facilities were.
It was closed down since Mother’s Day, and re-opened a few weeks ago.
The new space offers expanded seating, more than doubling the bar seats in the 6,300-square-foot space.
Among the renos, guests will see what he calls a “raw, industrial look” to the restaurant, featuring brick, metal, and even bicycle chain chandeliers.
“We spent a lot of money to make sure we did it right,” Khatri said.
Hopeful the public want to celebrate the newly renovated digs and help out “a worthy cause,” he said.
The public is invited to attend the grand re-opening event from 6 p.m. ’til closing on Thursday, July 27.
The event will feature a selection of complimentary tastings from the new menu, some free beverages, and drink specials, as well as a live DJ.
While the event is open to the public, reservations are mandatory by emailing email@example.com.
“Come see our new look,” he said.