This Little Italy Fusion Restaurant is Exploiting David Bowie’s Death for Sales [UPDATED]

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 at 5:00 am by

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Photo: Amy Welch

The Graffiti Room is using David Bowie’s death to sell sandwiches and noodles. Simple as that. That “memorial” mural we told you about on Kenmare Street is seemingly little more than an opportunist move to gain attention for its establishment. Illustrated by artist VJ Max (so we’re told), the plug piece – an homage to Aladdin Sane – includes a subtle hashtag for sharing purposes. And a podium encouraging fans to photograph.

Seriously, don’t use the mural as a post-mortem advertisement. No matter how much a tear-jerker the portrayal may be. Poor form.

As previously reported, the four-month-old Graffiti Room is a snack shop on Mott Street that’s banking on artwork to sell, in its own words, simple fusion foods like ramen, sandwiches, and juices. This wall offers rotating selection of street art curated to attract the camera lens, thereby advertising the brand.

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