The EMM Group has finally left the Bowery completely. The night club Finale, which was all that remained of the restaurant group's various projects at 199 Bowery shuttered and changed hands last week, without so much as a farewell party. The group has had its troubles on the Bowery: Finale racked up $25,000 in fines and a lawsuit from the SLA, its clubstaurant The General closed last October, Top Cheftestapant Hung Huynh left the group in January because he wasn't "taken seriously," and everything just seemed to crumble. Now a sign taped in the window of Finale says simply that it's "under new management."
That new management, Bowery Boogie reports, is rumored to be Tao, one of the city's other major clubstaurant operators. Tao also runs Stanton Social nearby, and several other properties of a similar ilk, so this move doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility, but Eater is still waiting on a response from the Tao team.
Last year Duane Reade was rumored to be moving in, but that rumor seems to have died. Whoever is moving in, has already started construction on the 18,000-square-foot space. Stay tuned.