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Any Clifton's Cafeteria Reopening News?

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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  1. Photo's of the Clifton's remodel..

     
     
    1. 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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      1. re: Johnny L

        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.

        1. re: Johnny L

          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.

          1. re: wienermobile

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

             
            1. re: wienermobile

              this should be on the history channel or something

            2. re: wienermobile

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

              1. re: Jase

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

                1. re: Servorg

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

          2. are owners same family since 1904??

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              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                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

                1. re: csh123

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

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

              1. Let me know when you find out.