Matt the Miller’s owners to open Langton’s Irish Pub directly next door
With businesses such as Mangia and Holy Cow Cupcakes closing, many people are asking when any new eateries will open in the Carmel City Center. Located its prominent corner, Matt the Miller’s Tavern has thrived at the Pedcor property.
Matt the Miller’s has seen such success at the City Center that its owners want to open a second restaurant – right next door. CBL Restaurants, based in Columbus, Ohio, is opening Langton’s Irish Pub, a 4,500-square-foot bar and restaurant that is meant to compliment Matt the Miller’s rather than compete.
“Really, what we’re trying to create is an entertainment district,” Craig Barnum, president of CLB Restaurants, said. “So often with these restaurants they are one-stop shops. They are free-standing buildings and people have to really seek the places out.”
Barnum said he envisions that people might enjoy a drink at Langton’s before or after a meal at Matt the Miller’s. The two should be very different. Matt the Miller’s serves casual-upscale food that works for a dinner before a show at the nearby Palladium. Langton’s will be much more casual with prices in the $10 range and a bar-driven atmosphere. The menu will consist of Irish favorites such as Celtic stew, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie, along with American pub fare. Langton’s bar will also stay open to around 1 or 2 a.m., fulfilling a nightlife need for the area.
“We wouldn’t be opening the Langton’s if we thought it was anything like Matt the Millers restaurant,” he said.
While Matt the Miller’s specializes in craft beers, Langton’s will feature more Euro beers. Langton’s will have more TVs, even featuring a TV in each booth, and will be a destination for soccer or rugby lovers to catch a game. Barnum said they might even open early in the morning for some big matches on TV.
Although there are many Irish pubs in Carmel and its neighboring areas, Barnum said he thinks Langton’s will be more authentic because the pub is being built in Ireland and then shipped over. The design of the place will be intriguing with two floors with an upstairs bar – perfect for private parties – overlooking the main bar. Tiny nooks and crannies with booths and tables will create intimate places to have a conversation over drinks.
Barnum said Langton’s should have around a 150-person capacity inside. The outdoor patio will seat 70 people, right nearby to Matt the Miller’s patio that seats 90, creating an exciting summer destination for dining.
Langton’s is on track for a May 1 opening.