Non relativistic Bohmian mechanics give indistinguishable results to quantum mechanics in predictions, with the expense of enormous complications for more than simple problems. AFAIK the situation with relativistic physics and field theoretical formalisms are not at the same situation. As quantum field theory has been very successful in fitting data, the only promising new proposition for including gravity in a theory of everything, again AFAIK are string theories.
If yes, then how has the physics community overcame its unempiricality?
It is strange to talk of unempiricallity for a proposed theory which can embed the standard model of particle physics . The standard model is an encapsulation of a huge number of experimental data, and in this sense, a higher level theory that can naturally embed all these data can be considered empirical. The problems with string theory is that there is no definitive model, whose predictions can be tested and validate it.
If supesymmetric particles are found in the new runs of the LHC, that would be a positive validation, as supersymmetries are inherent in string theory. Experiments at CERN are looking for microblack holes,unsuccessfully up to now. If any are found it will be another validations from some type of string model.
The CMS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has completed a search for microscopic black holes produced in high-energy proton-proton collisions. No evidence for their production was found and their production has been excluded up to a black hole mass of 3.5-4.5 TeV (1012 electron volts) in a variety of theoretical models.
Microscopic black holes are predicted to exist in some theoretical models that attempt to unify General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics by postulating the existence of extra "curled-up" dimensions, in addition to the three familiar spatial dimensions. At the high energies of the Large Hadron Collider, such theories predict that particles may collide "closely enough" to be sensitive to these postulated extra dimensions. In such a case, the colliding particles could interact gravitationally with strengths similar to those of the other three fundamental forces – the Electromagnetic, Weak and Strong interactions. The two colliding particles might then form a microscopic black hole.
So it is the promise of string theories in unifying all four interactions : electromagnetic, weak, strong and gravitational that is keeping the interest alive.