Deli owner douses customer in coffee

Times Square Deli

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Times Square Deli in Albuquerque has always been known for its sizzling cuisine, but now it’s known for a sizzling argument. University of New Mexico student Kyton Blair says the owner of the deli attacked him this week after he told him he didn’t like his food.

“As I’m walking out, I drop the food on the floor and I say hey I don’t want your nasty food anyway and he comes around and throws hot coffee on me,” said Blair.

Blair claims he was eating at the deli early Tuesday morning when the owner asked him how his sandwich tasted.

“After he finish, he has one bite and he tells me it’s not good,” said Times Square Deli Owner Manny Nesheiwat.

Nesheiwat says he immediately made Blair another sandwich then politely asked him to leave.

“I say please don’t come here no more because you accuse my food, no good. Have a good day,” he said.

Blair remembers the encounter differently.

“He says don’t ever say that my food is past due again, get the f*** out of here and never come back,” said Blair.

Blair says he felt threatened, so he threw his new sandwich on the ground and started to walk out of the restaurant. Then, things got heated.

“I had coffee, but cold coffee, it was from the morning and I throw it at him because he messed up my floor in front of the people and he was cursing at me,” said Nesheiwat.

Blair says he was covered in the coffee. KRQE News 13 asked Nesheiwat if he thought it was okay to toss the coffee on Blair.

“Well, it was not right, but he messed up all my floor,” he said.

Blair says he never plans on going back to the deli. Nesheiwat says he’s hoping the coffee clash doesn’t hurt business.

Police responded to the incident. No charges have been filed, yet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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