Empire No More

As I sit here moping about not being witness to the Goo Goo Dolls show at the North Park Theatre tonight, I figured I’d post my sadness about the recent news of the closing of Empire Grill.

Empire Grill announced on Sunday via their Facebook page that they have closed for good. The media quickly picked up the story. I guess it was inevitable, as rumors surfaced a few weeks and months ago, which turned out to be accurate, just premature.

It’s not really clear from what I’ve read or heard as to why they closed. All that’s been said is that owner, Nick Kotrides, was looking to sell all three of the restaurants he owns.

Nice to see the Hertel Ave location was the hottest commodity!

I recall so many experiences at Empire Grill, and quite honestly, every single one of them being good. From some corporate and Ad Club events to regular all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches to some epic private New Year’s Eve parties, I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad time or bad meal at Empire.

I know that wasn’t the case for everyone, but for whatever reason, I’m sad to see it close. But to end this post on an optimistic note, it’s great to see things happening so fast. New owners expect to close on the building soon and reopen it by summer. I wish them great success and hope that they put together a unique concept that will regularly fill such a big, but awesome building.


5 thoughts on “Empire No More

  1. Thank you for the kind words. It’s true that I put up all my businesses for sale but I thought that it could take up to a couple of years for them to sell. It was always my intention to start something new when I turn 50. That’s just around the corner 😦 . For every one phone call the realtor received for the Elmwood locations we received ten for Hertel. I am proud of the building we built on that corner and happy to have met so many great people. I am super excited for what’s to come!


    • Thanks Nick. We’re definitely sad to see Empire go. We loved it. Congrats on the quick sale though. We’re excited and eager to learn about the new buyer and plans for the building – feel free to share any info!

      Good luck with your future endeavors.


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