Chef Amanda Freitag’s Empire Diner is on the chopping block

Empire Diner
Empire Diner (Wikimedia)

She’s a judge on Food Network’s popular series “Chopped” and she can be found revamping struggling American diners on the “American Diner Revival,” with Ty Pennington – she’s also part owner of the iconic NYC eatery Empire Diner.


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But celebrity Amanda Freitag could be in need of some help from Food Network colleague Robert Irvine and the Restaurant Impossible crew.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the Empire Diner is four months behind in rent and the owner of the building has issued an ultimatum: Cough up $119,070.80 by December 14th or clear the building.

Although Freitag still retains an ownership stake in the business, a rep for Amanda told TMZ that the chef is no longer involved in day-to-day operations at the diner.

The Empire Diner has been famously featured in numerous films and TV programs, including Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Men in Black II and the opening credits of Saturday Night Live, just to name a few.