By Tracy Cavaciuti
When James and Sandy Chen opened @thebarn in 2015, they beautifully renovated the building at 17R East Granby Rd. that has been a gathering place for Granby people for decades. The restaurant offers an exceptionally fine dining experience, a now famous Happy Hour and Sunday Brunch, catering services and special event services.
Grateful for the success of their two restaurants in Granby, Han Asian Cuisine and @thebarn, the Chens put out a call to the community asking for feedback. The response, albeit very positive was, what might be missing is a place where families can go several times a week, not just for date night or special occasion — a place where people can bring the kids on the way home from a sports event and gather as a family to reflect on the day and enjoy good food and conversation.
To answer the call for a more casual dining experience, they created The Loft, with a casual dining menu that is available upstairs @thebarn and on the seasonal patio. There is plenty of seating, a full service bar and two TV screens. The atmosphere is casual. The menu is rich in depth, broad in its presentation offering appetizers, pasta, entrees, flatbreads, salads and some amazing burgers and sandwiches including a fried macaroni and cheese burger and a chicken breast with pesto, red peppers, tomato and brie. The creative element delivered by Chef Dan Fortin and his team extends to every item on the Loft menu. There is something for everyone. Menu items range from $7 to $19; truly a bargain for cuisine delivered by this fine restaurant’s talented team.
The mission statement for Han and @thebarn is to serve the needs of the people of Granby and their families. James and Sandy Chen welcome community feedback for both Han and @thebarn. Community feedback is what brought on this positive change.
The Loft menu is available Sunday through Thursday from 3–9 p.m. All menus can be viewed on Instagram, Facebook or at www.atthebarngranby.com