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  • Steven

    I was told by a journalist friend of mine covering the Trump rally a couple weeks ago that Ivan Arguello (Key Foods owner) was there in a red cap. A bit shocking and not sure I want to give him more business.

  • Randy

    Enrico and Ivan are already about as inhospitable as it comes. Suppose this is yet another feather in their caps.

  • meschwar

    Is he a corporate owner of the key food brand, or just our local store?

  • Andrew Porter

    Frankly, what other food choices are there? Gristede’s is owned by a very outspoken Republican who ran for Mayor.

    There’s an interview with Arguello from 2017 here:

  • Cranberry Beret

    Sushi Lin on Clark Street opened yesterday. Looks like this is their 3rd NYC location

  • Andrew Porter

    Smog city: staying indoors today, already cancelled planned visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden because of the smoke, which I can smell even inside my apartment.

    Several years ago I took a train to Spokane for a convention. We started calling the place “Smokane” because of nearby forest fires. Pollution was 287 on a 1-300 scale.

    Here’s a photo I took there, directly into the sun (and no, not run through Photoshop or any other enhancing software). My advice: stay inside, use an N95 mask if you have to go out:

  • Claude Scales

    My understanding is that Key Food is a franchise and that he is the owner of the store on Montague.

  • Claude Scales

    Correction. Having read the inteview with Mr. Arguello linked in Andrew Porter’s comment below, I see that Key Food is descriobed as a “cooperative.” If so, Mr. Arguello may be a part owner of the cooperative as well as owner of the store on Montague.

  • Red Leader

    So excited to try it. (although my favorite will always be Sushi Gallery :)

  • TeddyNYC

    At the moment the air quality index is around 400 which is classified as hazardous.

  • TeddyNYC

    Are we in the clear with the Key Food on Atlantic Ave.?

  • Jorale-man

    I don’t know about the ownership model but the Trumpism is on-brand with some recent comments I read from the owner. After a recent shoplifting incident he went on a mini-rant about bail laws to the Brooklyn Eagle – even though there was no evidence that the shoplifter had been released from jail improperly. It just sounded like a Fox News / New York Post talking point being repeated.

  • Bornhere

    The Key Food “unpleasantness” is historic, going back decades. If you’re a Heights old-timer, you might remember some of the staff (Claudia was exceptional, and more recently, there was Ali, the best of all delivery people); but, since the lockdown, I admit I’ve become a Fresh Direct fan.

  • AnonyMom

    Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Steven, I guess you are going to have to shop at D’Agostino on Henry. Their controlling interest is owned by a gentleman named John Catsimatidis.

    Our politics are going insane. We are destroying ourselves inwardly. Looking at the boycotts of Bud Light and Target is shameful.

  • Kit

    Did Dag return to the Heights? Years before I moved, Dag had closed its Henry St. store and it became a CVS.

  • Arch Stanton

    Huh? D’Agostinos closed like 20 years ago.

  • Arch Stanton

    Who cares? When I need food I’m getting it from the most convenient, economical source. I don’t give a hoot about the store owner’s views, I just won’t engage them in conversation.

    If you don’t want to “support” any contrasting political views with your money, you are going to have a tough time feeding, clothing and sheltering yourself.

    Do you really think the loss of your business or a small handful of boycotters is going to change their views?

    Would you want to potentially loose some of your business based on your political affiliation?

    Its a slippery slope!

  • Claude Scales

    My wife has found better prices for some items at Fresh Start, the “gourmet” market on Montague between Clinton and Court.

  • Andrew Porter

    Three words: Time machine. Bohack’s.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Arch, I remember going to Dag’s on Henry and paying for my groceries by bidding on Seems like ages ago.

    Surely Andrew you have that photo of Bohack’s that pops up periodically.

  • Karl Junkersfeld
  • RickP

    I did all my shopping at that Bohack back then. I didn’t remember the sign, so that was fun to see. thx.

  • Arch Stanton

    I remember when D’Agostino’s opened. I remember Bohack’s too, and Peter Reeves on Montague, anyone remember that store?

  • Jorale-man

    Likewise, I started using Fresh Direct in 2020 and haven’t given up. I’ve occasionally gone back to Key Foods in recent months and found the grumpy vibe (with a few exceptions) and dated ambience are still there.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Peter Reeves, the grocery across the street just to the west of the old Spector Drugs, correct?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This was a picture posted years ago by Melanie Hope Greenberg many years ago.

  • Andrew Porter

    Books Are Magic posted this photo on Facebook: If it’s too smoggy outside, you can always enjoy a beach day inside:


    Aren’t they entitled to their views?

  • Arch Stanton

    Yes that’s exactly my point. Everyone is entitled to their views and shouldn’t be punished for it, as long as they don’t violate the law.