The General

EMM Group Star Chef Hung Huynh Quits Because He ‘Wasn’t Taken Seriously’

Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:12 am

Chef Hung Huynh was a sharp arrow in the quiver of EMM Group. It was he who helped grow Catch, and was tasked with helming the kitchen at the doomed 199 Bowery club complex of The General/Finale. Now he’s no longer on the payroll. Zagat is reporting that Vietnamese-born quit EMM Group because the controversial co-owners […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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EMM Group Likely to Vacate 199 Bowery After the New Year to Make Way for Duane Reade

Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

Chatter is growing louder regarding the alleged local demise of EMM Group and its club complex on the Bowery. Duane Reade/Walgreens is the rumored replacement, as we first reported yesterday, and a deal on the massive space is allegedly “all but done.” A Boogie birdie also whispers word that the end of days for Finale and The […]

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Rumor: Duane Reade to Take Over EMM Group’s 199 Bowery

Last modified October 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm

It’s no secret that EMM Group is struggling to maintain the success of The General and Finale on the Bowery. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum even admitted to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch club complex “has been a disaster for us.” We also noted last month that the “restaurant” front to the club stooped to offer Groupon meals […]

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EMM Group Stoops to Offering Groupon Meals at The General on the Bowery

Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

EMM Group – alleged pride of the upscale nightlife game – is stooping to Groupon to help its woes at 199 Bowery. Indeed, it’s no secret that The General is suffering. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum admitted as much last spring when he quipped to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch Bowery club complex “has been […]

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Rumor: EMM Group Closing The General at 199 Bowery

Posted June 16, 2014 at 5:54 am

We are hearing some local chatter that EMM Group is planning to close The General at 199 Bowery. And quite soon, actually. A purported bartender at The General stokes the rumor mill, telling us that “Now [rumors of closure] has become a reality. We were just told by management the restaurant will be closing this week.” […]

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EMM Group Cops $25K Plea Deal with SLA Regarding Numerous Violations at 199 Bowery

Posted April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mark Birnbaum had much to celebrate when a Finale customer ordered 200 bottles of champagne last weekend. Yet it wasn’t only that the single tab netted at least $60,000; he might actually get away scot free with a slap on the wrist. EMM Group will now pay the piper a fraction of that amount in […]

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Hearings Begin in SLA Suit Against EMM Group and Its Bowery Nightlife Complex

Last modified January 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

EMM Group’s brazen attempt to legitimize their illegal operations at 199 Bowery are seemingly sidelined by the ongoing lawsuit brought by the State liquor Authority. You’ll recall that Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm (pka “Bakers Dozen Associates”) submitted an application to the Department of Consumer Affairs for a cabaret license and were set to appear […]

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The General Opens Its Garage Doors on the Bowery

Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

With the warm weather, restaurants are undergoing the annual ritual of deposing storefront vestibules and opening the windows.

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Report: ‘Bowery Lane’ New Basement Club Opening at 199 Bowery

Posted March 29, 2013 at 6:05 am

The Lower Eastpacking newcomers seem to be the proverbial square peg in the hole that is the Bowery.

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