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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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