Tao’s ‘Vandal’ Nightclub Erased from the Bowery

Posted on: September 10th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

The economic fallout from the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year continues to devastate the nightlife realm. Even the big fish are reeling. Case in point is Tao, whose nightclub on the Bowery is now kaput.

Indeed, Vandal had shut down with the rest of the city back in March, but ultimately didn’t make it through. The appearance of a real estate listing for 199 Bowery all but confirms the news. The Ripco brokerage is repping the more than 10,000 square-foot commercial property for an unknown sum.

Tao chef Chris Santos opened Vandal back in January 2016, replacing the controversial EMM Group club, The General. Its design lifted elements from sister restaurant, Beauty & Essex, such as the “faux gallery” entrance. And, as the name suggested, exploited street art for its multimillion-dollar brand. Its interior included murals by Shepard Fairey, Apex One, Eelus, and Tristan Eaton.

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