Henry- thanks for that info. I know someone who worked at KP for almost 20 years- wondered what she would do and she didnt seem to know that the owners were trying to reopen. Sounds like we're from the same area. I went to school across the street from the Arch and ditched class once or twice and spent that time in their booths. I grew up on Utica Ave not far off Flatlands. Currently happily transplanted in MD. As I mentioned before the old hood is far from what it used to be unfortunately.
Thanks again - its always fun crossing paths in cyber space with ppl from NY, especially since you know where Im from.