Richard Kimmel of The Box Takes Mangiami Space at 9 Stanton
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Stanton Street between Chrystie and Bowery is a block familiar with failure. 205 Club segued to Cocktail Bodega, but both met the same fate; Stanton Public gambled on the Elsinore/Bantam concept, which itself barely lasted a year; and Mangiami quietly folded a couple months ago. The decade-old Italian spot at 9 Stanton had been out of commission since at least early May. All signs at the time pointed to closure, including the suspicious voicemail about how “renovations” would transpire for “a bit.” The real story here, though, is that of a corporate changeover.
Documentation submitted to Community Board 3 reveals that one of the principals at The Box – theater director Richard Kimmel – is part of the replacement endeavor. Moreover, it appears that Theatermania co-founder Darren Sussman is also involved. Not much else is known at the moment, except that there will most certainly be a name change alongside the new ownership.
Might nightlife actually stay on this block? That remains to be seen.