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Manhattan’s Vandal restaurant brings street art and food together

New Manhattan restaurant Vandal has brought the artwork and culinary delights of streets from around the world to the Bowery.

The Rockwell Group collaborated with UK-based graffiti artist HUSH on the catacomb-esque space, which features a bar, lounge, secret garden and even a flower shop.

Rich Wolf – founder of the TAO Group, which runs Vandal – said: ‘The idea of bringing street food and street art together under one roof struck me like a bolt of lightning.’

Vandal restaurant, the Bowery
Photography: Bryan Luna for Highsnobiety

HUSH curated pieces for the 22,000 sq ft restaurant’s walls, bringing on board six other street artists, including Shepard Fairey and Will Barras, to create site-specific murals. For Vandal’s ‘Secret Garden’, which is closed off by glass garage doors, Fairey wheat-pasted a couple of the surfaces with propaganda-style posters.

Added HUSH: ‘I wanted to bring the outside inside. I wanted to represent street aesthetics and show how artists take over spaces.’

Vandal restaurant, the Bowery
Photography: Bryan Luna for Highsnobiety

The Rockwell Group designed an 11ft-tall sculpture of a breakdancing rabbit, which stands proud at the end of a long, vaulted brick tunnel. Elsewhere, the practice off-set the space’s concrete and exposed brickwork with warmer details, such as leather sofas and glass globe lights.

Food comes from executive chef Jonathan Kavourakis, who travelled the globe – from Peru and Argentina to Vietnam and Singapore – to craft a menu that brings together the world’s best street food.

[via Highsnobiety]

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