Katagiri the 100, or so, year-old Japanese grocery store on East 59th street recently closed for renovations. While they were closed, I visited the adjacent dry goods store (an offshoot of the other store). The clerks in that store told me that when the grocery store reopened, there would be a 20% off sale for a short time period (one day or maybe two). I went by today and they were open though not fully stocked as yet. Selection was limited. And.....no sale from what I could tell. I am glad they reopened although not sure how much I liked the redesign (which is not complete).
When I asked, the checkout clerks told me there would be a sale in the middle of April but did not provide an actual date. Had no way to verify this though. Does anyone else have information about this? I suspect that the bulk of their customers are "regulars" who shop there almost every day, so maybe they don't need to or want to advertise it too much. That's all well and good. But I am still curious about verifying the sale rumour. Any information would be appreciated. Feel free to toss in any memories/ observations of Old Katagiri, New Katagiri, or Old v. New K you might have as well.
ps. i had dinner tonight from their sushi cooler. It's not made on-site and I don't know where they get it from: had uni sushi (horrid), salmon roe onigiri (very, very good) and a sesame-based onigiri which tasted like it had a pickled vegetable in it too. It was ok but, call me a purist if you must, I really prefer them made with homogenous, white rice that does not contain "stuff". I prefer it when they have the flavoring imbedded within the interior of the onigiri and not suffusing the rice. The new fangled way comes out bland plus it lacks the fun of bitting into the hidden surprise in the middle of the rice ball.