Gristede’s Owner Thinks More People Are Eating In

The mayor of Meyer lemons.Photo: Getty ImagesA couple of years ago, the magazine ran an "Intel" piece about John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristede’s and potential mayoral candidate. In a similar piece in this week’s 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 aren’t hurting restaurants.

I was in Nino’s 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.” (What’s bad for restaurants is good for groceries: “Our sales are up.”)

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

Gristede’s Guy [NYer]