The Empire Diner, located on the western edge of Chelsea, has been open since the 1940’s. Just like the city itself, the venerable diner has gone through a significant amount of change in that time. Now, chef John DeLucie is taking on the project with restaurateur Stacy Pisone, and plan to reopen this Monday.
The 92-seat space was previously helmed by Food Network start Amanda Freitag, but her command didn’t last. That iteration closed in 2015. But, the far west side is seeing more and more development, as the massive Hudson Yards project works like a magnet on the surrounding area. So the new team is battling current competition just south near Chelsea Market, and betting on the new residents just north to keep the seats full.
Additionally, DeLucie and Pisone completed an extensive 8-month renovation that brought the vintage diner into the modern age with new electric, ventilation, and interior design.
To read more, click here.