With ‘The General’ Officially Deposed, TAO-Chris Santos Project Advances on the Bowery

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 at 5:17 am by
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​The General has finally been deposed.

In other words, the last remnant of EMM Group at 199 Bowery – namely, those infamous red neons – disappeared earlier this week. This was the final piece to go before Vandal, the new Tao Group pet project with Chris Santos, can properly proceed. Other exterior storefront changes include the enlargement of the former Finale marquee.

Also of note is the new website, early social media push, and branding now viewable to the public. A splash page went live the other day, promising the standard opening date as “coming soon.” Here’s the look and logo of Vandal which pretty much sums up what the nightlife regime hopes to achieve here. Seizing the street culture vibe by partnering with artists, then charging an arm and leg for it.

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As previously reported, the TAO Group has tapped a host of notable artists to decorate the guts of Vandal. Nothing vandalizing about it. Hush is curating, having attracted creatives like Shepard Fairey, Apex One, Eelus, and Tristan Eaton to participate in the venture. It’ll resemble sister spot Beauty & Essex, and include an up-front faux “gallery” entrance. The restaurant will seat some three hundred patrons across three dining rooms on the main level, and include a basement “lounge.” Menu is still up in the air, with an ambiguous description of “globally-inspired small plates.”

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