The Men of Hawaii Restaurant Equipment on the Bowery
As the soot-stained blue awning continues its downward spiral of deterioration, Hawaii Restaurant Equipment at 262 Bowery decided to add a bit of flair with this gate mural. After all, the practice is so “in” right now.
The commissioned artwork is simple, yet direct. Created by artist Maximilian Arocena, the wheat-paste collage is essentially a group portrait of the principals involved in the operation – the Attias family (Jacob, Adam, Zach) and Antonio. It’s almost as if they’re standing up to Bowery 2.0.
The Attias clan of Hawaii Restaurant Equipment is part of the same family that operated the Attias Oven Corp./Cannon Co. double-shot across the street. In fact, that business is reportedly owned by Jacob’s brother. However, with the latter supplier having already decamped to Brooklyn, 265-267 Bowery is on its way to becoming a full-scale Paulaner brewery/restaurant.
Pictured in the mural from left to right – Jacob (father), Adam (son), Zach, and Antonio.