NYC’s Iconic Empire Diner in Chelsea Will Re-Open Again in November!
Our friends at Untapped Cities tell us what’s going on with the iconic Empire Diner!
"In 2015, Empire Diner, the iconic dining establishment in Chelsea, shut down after its second failed attempt at revival.
The windows of the restaurant are now covered in paper, but it’s slated to return under new management in November.
On Monday, we saw the doors open briefly with some activity inside, and we attended the liquor license hearing yesterday to get more details on the new iteration.
After 34 years of business, the original Empire Diner shut down in May 2010, when the landlords of the property refused to renew the lease.
At the time, the establishment had become the “latest hangout [for] artists, starving and otherwise,” as reported by The New Yorker, and the classic rail car style diner became a poster child of the preservation movement to save the city’s vintage diners.
Today, Empire Diner, located on the corner of 22nd St. and 10th Avenue, is one of the last free-standing diner spaces left in Manhattan.
Aside from new hours (it will now stay open until 2am) and brighter, more “friendly” decor, not much will change when the new Empire Diner returns with John DeLucie as chef.
Expect the same outdoor seating and another iteration of the classic all-American diner menu. DeLucie also tells us that because the exterior is a landmark, there will be no changes to the outside structure of the Empire Diner.
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Text: Untapped Cities
Photo Credit: Michelle Young