Tao Group Denies ‘LAVO Downtown’ for Failed Finale Space at 199 Bowery
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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 concept by Chris Santos of The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex,” they say.
We are assured that a club component is not part of the business plan. All three units – ground floor, rear space, and basement – are reportedly reserved for Santos.
When pressed about local fears that the newcomer would still be a problem given size, team Tao again banked on Santos’ reputation. So we asked what is being done to allay these concerns, and received a canned reply – “He’s been in good standing with the Lower East Side community for the past decade with his two current restaurants The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, and he looks forward to continuing that relationship.”
Even if LABO doesn’t move in, clubland is inevitable.