TRIBUTES have been paid to Alan Lang, manager of Glasgow wine bar Vroni’s, who died last month aged 59 after battling cancer.
‘Langy’, as he was known, enjoyed a lengthy career in the licensed trade, running venues in both Glasgow and London. But it was as manager of Vroni’s in Glasgow’s West Nile Street – a role he held for 15 years until he became ill last year – that he will perhaps be best remembered.
Vroni’s owner Alan Tomkins, who first met Langy in 1983 when he worked at Tomkins’ wine bar Lautrec’s on Woodlands Terrace, said he had a “certain knack” which made him hugely popular with customers and colleagues.
“Langy was a stalwart of the licensed trade in Glasgow and I was fortunate and privileged to have him as a colleague for over 20 years in my businesses,” he said.
“Vroni’s was Langy’s bar – not just as the manager but as the ‘face’ of it; the lynchpin.”