We have been itching to immerse ourselves back in a step-and-repeat line. We cannot tell a lie. And what better way than with a grand opening in the heart of Chelsea? TAO Downtown, happened on giving us a two for one on a night our calendar was free. Lucky for us the onetime Covenant House space turned Maritime Hotel resulted in a bevy of names to snap away on like Katie Holmes, Naomi Campbell, Michael Shannon, Debra Messing alongside beau Will Chase, Anthony Mackie, Kelly Rutherford, hottie Colin Egglesfield, Alicia Keyes, Katrina Bowden, Vanessa Ray, Barbie look-a-like Lisa Hochstein, Brooke Shields, Kelly Bensimon, Charlotte Ronson, Ashanti, topless Blurred Lines model Emily Ratajkowski, Hotelier man about town Vikram Chatwal, Will I. Am, Brian Greenberg, Nicky Hilton, Tyson Beckford, the Winklevoss twins, George Wayne, Steve Lewis, promoter Susanne Bartsch and club door deity Wass Stevens.
Of course those are the names that drives the space’s further existence – we will presently abstain from mentioning the countless messes staggering about from one too many open bar visits. (Children can be messy!)
The opening of a lounge, club, bar, restaurant – et al – in NYC is, like everything else in Gotham, a make or break ordeal. Fact! If you don’t have the right mix of individuals, well, you might as well close it up.
There are some problems one can incur along the way – lets say brought about by something as little the size of the space… The bigger the space the more fillers one needs. We don’t make the rules, we are just delivering them to you.
Interestingly enough TAO bills itself as a Mega Club/Restaurant/Lounge – or rather a restaurant with a lounge and two adjoining clubs to go with it – measuring a whopping total of 30k square feet.
That’s a size queen’s dream…
Tao had a good start, but no matter how you look at it, this much space calls for a whole lot of fillers!