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Tao Group Denies ‘LAVO Downtown’ for Failed Finale Space at 199 Bowery

Posted May 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

Despite rumors to the contrary, Tao Group maintains that 199 Bowery will not feature “LAVO Downtown” in the failed finale footprint. Front office PR denies the chatter resolutely, confirming that Chris Santos is the sole operator at this address. “There will not be a club in the space, and it will fully be a new restaurant […]

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LAVO Downtown Rumored for Failed Finale Space at 199 Bowery

Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

With EMM Group gone, a changing of the guard is underway at 199 Bowery. Yet Lower Eastpacking is still the modus operandi for this locale. Nightlife heavy-hitter Tao Group is taking over operations at 199 Bowery, as first reported earlier this month. Chris Santos – proprietor of sister haunts Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex […]

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Chris Santos Confirmed for New Tao Project at 199 Bowery

Posted April 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

More news that further confirms the imminent arrival of the Tao Group at 199 Bowery, a story we broke Monday morning. Eater followed up the report, noting that Chris Santos, executive chef and partner of Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, is to helm the new “restaurant” concept. Both of these Lower East Side nightlife […]

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EMM Aborts Finale on the Bowery, Tao is Taking Over

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

EMM Group washed its hands of the Bowery last week. But something bigger is on the way. Lower Eastpacking all the way. After three years of public deception, lawsuits, static from the State Liquor Authority, and non-stop quality of life issues for residents and neighbors alike, Finale and its EMM Group overlords are out. Rumors […]

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50 Cent is Hosting Event at Finale/The General, But is it Legal?

Posted February 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

Forever fetching horrible headlines at 199 Bowery, EMM Group is at it again. The Lower Eastpacking club complex is hosting an “All Star Weekend” sponsored by Effen Vodka, which features a cameo by 50 Cent himself for tonight – the Friday the 13th kickoff. 50 Cent will allegedly be in da club at Finale. Yet residents living […]

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EMM Group Star Chef Hung Huynh Quits Because He ‘Wasn’t Taken Seriously’

Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:12 am

Chef Hung Huynh was a sharp arrow in the quiver of EMM Group. It was he who helped grow Catch, and was tasked with helming the kitchen at the doomed 199 Bowery club complex of The General/Finale. Now he’s no longer on the payroll. Zagat is reporting that Vietnamese-born quit EMM Group because the controversial co-owners […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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EMM Group Likely to Vacate 199 Bowery After the New Year to Make Way for Duane Reade

Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

Chatter is growing louder regarding the alleged local demise of EMM Group and its club complex on the Bowery. Duane Reade/Walgreens is the rumored replacement, as we first reported yesterday, and a deal on the massive space is allegedly “all but done.” A Boogie birdie also whispers word that the end of days for Finale and The […]

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Rumor: Duane Reade to Take Over EMM Group’s 199 Bowery

Last modified October 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm

It’s no secret that EMM Group is struggling to maintain the success of The General and Finale on the Bowery. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum even admitted to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch club complex “has been a disaster for us.” We also noted last month that the “restaurant” front to the club stooped to offer Groupon meals […]

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EMM Group Stoops to Offering Groupon Meals at The General on the Bowery

Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

EMM Group – alleged pride of the upscale nightlife game – is stooping to Groupon to help its woes at 199 Bowery. Indeed, it’s no secret that The General is suffering. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum admitted as much last spring when he quipped to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch Bowery club complex “has been […]

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