Empire is located at 727 W. Broad St. and open 11 AM to 2 AM daily.
When a guy named Thor takes over a restaurant you expect changes. In the case of Empire you got changes in spades and for the most part those changes are for the good.
Diners need to open wide for Empire’s winning Monte Cubano ($8.95), with its high-rise stack of smoked turkey, ham, swiss cheese and thickly sliced pickles between egg-battered sourdough bread grilled to golden brown. Burgers ($8.95) come in a handful of flavors — the Empire with barbecue sauce and sautéed onions, Casablanca with avocado and provolone and Rockitz with chipotle mayo, bacon, tumbleweed onions and smoked Gouda — with the latter getting major thumbs-up at our table. Or you can build your own if you think you know more than the kitchen does.
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