Buy the Empire Diner for $35

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Photo: Daniel Maurer

If the naming dispute over the new Empire Diner (and apparently still more conflict over non-union workers, per this Flickr comment) has you wishing for a simpler time when diners didn’t have to lawyer up, well here’s a little treat. While doing some late Christmas shopping, we found this replica of the Empire in its heyday, from the Lefton’s Great American Diner Series. It’s available via Amazon. Whatever happened to the Empire State Building replica on its roof? Should the new owners bring it back?