Untitled Project in the Empire Diner Space
210 10th Avenue, Chelsea
Projected Opening Date: October
Amanda Freitag is gearing up to open her "locavore" diner in the old Empire Diner space in Chelsea. This is the first solo restaurant for Freitag, who has been a free agent ever since she left The Harrison way back in 2010. The chef is developing a menu that will include both her own signature dishes and things inspired by diners across the country. The classic space is getting a new interior from Groundswell, a firm that also designed Talula's Garden Restaurant in Philadelphia. It will seat 75 inside, and come spring, another 75 seats will open up outside.
The restaurant was originally slated to open in September, but now that's been pushed back to October. It will start out with just breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, but eventually the restaurant will be open 24 hours a day. Ms. Freitag has not decided on a name yet.
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