Gristede’s Owner Thinks More People Are Eating In

John Catsimatidis

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A couple of years ago, the magazine ran an "Intel" piece about John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes and potential mayoral candidate. In a similar piece in this weeks New Yorker, Catsimatidis seems to defy what Jeremy Sullivan of Kobe Club told us and what Drew Nieporent told the Times that current economic woes arent hurting restaurants.

I was in Ninos restaurant last week, and usually the place is full, he said. They only had three tables. People are going to be thinking twice. Dinner for four with a bottle of wine could be five hundred dollars. (Whats bad for restaurants is good for groceries: Our sales are up.)

Then again, Catsimatidis might just be trying to sell us on Perdue chicken

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