What do Marie Antoinette and a lightweight boxing division have in common?
They are currently both being immortalized on the Lower East Side thanks to Bantam, a new lounge which quietly opened on the Bowery in the beginning of April.
The Steve Lewis-designed space pays homage to the other meaning of its name in size—bantam also means a small fowl— due the venue that once was Stanton Public’s small size.
Its less-than-hefty floor area helps dictate the door policy, according to Seamus Regan, who owns the club with Scott Hockens, Amit Zaman and Norman Reedus, an actor who is best known for his work in AMC’s The Walking Dead and cult-flick Boondock Saints, not to mention being the ex-husband of super-model Helena Christensen. “We just don’t want pretention,” Regan specifies. Read More