NEW YORK -- In his nondescript, third-floor Manhattan office, in a neighborhood just north of the notorious Hell's Kitchen, John Catsimatidis holds court each day as chairman, president and CEO of the Red Apple Group here. From this perch, Catsimatidis, a colorful character who seems like he might be just as comfortable in an old Edgar G. Robinson movie, runs 49 Gristede's Foods in the city and one in Freeport, Bahamas. For the uninitiated, Gristede's has been a part of the New York ...

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