A restaurant coming to downtown Bellingham this fall could be a hit for those with a hankering for rotisserie-style chicken.
Ben Scholtz, who has owned Mallard Ice Cream since 2001, is opening a new restaurant next door at 1327 Railroad Ave. Called Bantam, the restaurant will have a bar on the second floor. He has purchased a vertical rotisserie machine from Bellingham’s Wood Stone and is planning a menu that includes rotisserie chicken and modern, southern style dishes.
Scholtz, along with some of the Mallard staff, wanted to add something different to Bellingham’s restaurant scene. He consulted with them before moving forward because he wants the restaurant to be an opportunity for current staff who want to try something different.
Scholtz was originally interested in just the main floor space, which used to be home to Mad Hatter Clothing. When he found out the upper floor was also available, he decided to connect the two spaces.
The downstairs area will have seating for 30, while the upstairs area will seat around 40. Both floors will have full table service.
“I think a restaurant name should be appetizing, and also easy to say and hear. As I was rolling lots of ideas around in my head, the Wallace Stevens title came to me and encouraged me that at least the word had a music to it,” Scholtz said in an email.
Construction is underway and Scholtz is hoping to have a soft opening sometime in November. Once open, it will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant has a Facebook page for updates.
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