Britt Langford and her husband, Leo Zhang, have bought the former Lolita restaurant space at 90 Congress St. and plan to open an Asian restaurant there called Jing Yan. Their target opening date is Nov. 15.
Langford, originally from Falmouth, lived in Beijing for seven years. She owned a small bakery there, and later opened a cocktail bar with husband, who has a decade of experience bartending mostly in five-star hotels in Beijing and Tianjin. The couple moved back to Maine three years ago. Langford worked as food and beverage manager at the Portland Harbor Hotel for about a year, then tried her hand at selling lobsters. Most recently, she’s been a manager at Sea Salt in Saco and Pepper’s Landing in Brunswick.
While she was at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Langford met Christopher