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Clifton’s Cafeteria Gets a Facelift

The Downtown L.A landmark will undergo renovations as part of the 'Bringing Back Broadway' initiative.

After more than 50 years in hiding, the historic facade of Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles was revealed Wednesday.

Clifton's Cafeteria exposed its original facade Wednesday. (Photo courtesy ATVN)
Clifton's Cafeteria exposed its original facade Wednesday. (Photo courtesy ATVN)

New Owner Andrew Meieran and Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar hosted the unveiling ceremony of the original face of the building from the 1960s.

“Clifton’s is the only remaining business that has survived in its original form on Broadway since its golden era," said Meieran. "As such, the reveal of the original facade envisioned by Clifford Clinton is an important symbolic beginning to truly bringing back the Broadway of invention, hope and wonder."

The event marked the first step in restoring the famous Los Angeles hotspot as well as the beginning of Councilmember Huizar’s 'Bringing Back Broadway' initiative, a 10-year plan to revitalize Broadway Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Momentum is clearly building and we will undoubtedly see even more great things for Broadway in the coming years,”  Huizar said. “Historic preservation is not about pressing the pause button, but about finding ways to honor the wonderful history that makes Broadway so special, and utilize our historic buildings and historic businesses in ways that allow them to be successful and vital into the next generation.”

COMMENTS

Huizar MISSED City Council meeting vote today on DWP INCREASE, to be at this unveiling.... Where are his priorities?

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