Chris Santos

Last Day for ‘Stanton Social’ is New Year’s Eve

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

One of the more low-key, yet high-end eateries in Hell Square is closing out the year by closing down for good. Tao Group’s Stanton Social, serving its namesake street (between Orchard and Ludlow) for nearly two decades, will turn out the lights for good after New Year’s Eve. Chef-owner Chris Santos told the New York […]

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Tao Group’s Street-Leaning ‘Vandal’ Opens Tomorrow on the Bowery

Posted January 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

The pieces are in place. Tao Group is set to unveil its latest project tomorrow at 199 Bowery. As previously reported, chef Chris Santos is the figurehead behind Vandal, a street-leaning bar-restaurant that exploits street art for its multimillion-dollar brand. The entrance to the 360-seat establishment was painted in the token white script. As mentioned, […]

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

Posted December 31, 2015 at 5:17 am

​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 […]

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Spying the Street Art Inside the New TAO-Chris Santos ‘Vandal’ Project on the Bowery

Last modified December 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

This co-opting of street art to sell gentrification and upscale living is out of control. It’s clear the show is over when clueless institutions like the Hotel Indigo hire “artists in residence”; or real estate nimrods plan insensitive parties in the South Bronx with graffiti and bullet-riddles vehicles front-and-center; or when nightlife bigwigs at the […]

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‘Vandal’ Identified as Chris Santos-TAO Venture on the Bowery

Posted November 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

More than five months into renovations, the joint TAO-Chris Santos venture at 199 Bowery has finally been named. Behold, Vandal. As previously reported, Vandal takes a page from sister spot Beauty & Essex, and will include an up-front faux “gallery” entrance. The restaurant will seat some three hundred people across three dining rooms on the main level, and include […]

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Tao Group’s 199 Bowery is Vandalized

Last modified July 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Here’s something for the Tao Group to chew on. Despite ongoing interior renovations, vandals last week struck the garage doors of 199 Bowery with some rather large bubble-letter tags. The white spray paint is still there as of this morning. PEAR and HOUND holding court. The latter also bombed the rolldown gate a few doors […]

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Tao Group Begins Work at Chris Santos’ 199 Bowery Project as More Details Emerge

Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

The General is deposed. With EMM Group having fully vacated the premises, 199 Bowery is now in the hands of the Tao Group. And the evidence on the ground is starting to reflect the change in ownership. The conversion is already underway, with demolition teams onsite for the gut renovations. Chris Santos – proprietor of […]

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Beauty & Essex is Confirmed to Open a Las Vegas Annex

Last modified June 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

Looks like those rumors of Beauty & Essex taking on Sin City are becoming a reality. It’s confirmed that acclaimed restaurateur Chris Santos, with the backing of the TAO Group, is expanding his posh culinary empire to fall in line with the other high profile celebrity eateries out there. The Lower East Side’s epicurean destination will open its outpost at the Cosmopolitan luxury […]

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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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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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