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Any Clifton's Cafeteria Reopening News?

wienermobile Jan 8, 2014 02:15 PM

Clifton's in downtown LA has now been closed for it remodel since September 26, 2011, it was then planned to last three to six months, while the restaurant gets a new kitchen and a redesigned serving area. In February 2012, the remodeling process continued with the "unveiling" of the original 1904 building facade, with the removal of the 1963 aluminum facade. They estimated that the cafeteria would reopen in about 18 months. This is taking forever…..

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    kevin Jan 20, 2014 03:06 PM

    Let me know when you find out.

    1. fgrade Jan 20, 2014 02:35 PM

      Yeah, i walked by a couple of days ago and it was a little depressing seeing the building still boarded up.

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        csh123 Jan 12, 2014 02:39 AM

        are owners same family since 1904??

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        1. re: csh123
          SilverlakeGirl Jan 12, 2014 02:43 AM

          The change we're looking at here is 2010:


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            csh123 Jan 12, 2014 02:54 AM

            wow "The Clinton family's five generations[6] as California restaurateurs began when David Harrison Clinton came to Los Angeles from Missouri in 1888"
            maybe this is the oldest

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              wienermobile Jan 20, 2014 03:10 PM

              The Clifton family sold Clifton's Brookdale to nightclub operator Andrew Meieran on September 21, 2010 and has been under construction since Sept 2011

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          Johnny L Jan 8, 2014 11:45 PM

          A building that old will have many hidden surprises I guarantee you. Plumbing, gas, electrical codes or regulations that may or may not have been updated over the years.

          If the owners are serious they will do it all from scratch to make it last another 100 years. Better to it right once and have to do it twice.

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            Servorg Jan 9, 2014 05:07 AM

            Don't forget the concern with bringing old buildings like this up to current seismic retrofitting standards. This is a very time (and financially) consuming effort.

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              wienermobile Jan 9, 2014 09:24 AM

              They did find a neon sign that had been sealed in the wall and had been left turned on for 70 years that they didn't know about.

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                wienermobile Jan 9, 2014 05:18 PM

                The 70 year old hidden neon sign. Neon experts told Meieran it must be the "oldest existing, continually operating neon in the world."

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                  Jase Jan 9, 2014 08:31 PM

                  That is amazing! I hope someone is documenting all the things they are discovering during the remodel.

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                    Servorg Jan 10, 2014 05:46 AM

                    Geraldo is champing at the bit to open up the vault (Capone's?) they found...

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                      wienermobile Jan 10, 2014 08:47 AM

                      It's LA so it must be Bugsy Siegal's vault.

              2. wienermobile Jan 8, 2014 02:28 PM

                Photo's of the Clifton's remodel..

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