DOWNTOWN — Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown is definitely planning to debut with a multitude of concepts some time before the end of the year (if things go as planned, which is unlikely), or at least around early 2015. The same ownership behind The Edison is transforming the five story space, with hopes of a high end steakhouse, five separate cocktail bars, which will be headed by Michael Neff and Cari Hah. There's also a cafeteria that will preserve most of the original interior. If The Edison is any indication, it should look very good inside. [ELA]
HOLLYWOOD — Meanwhile, Michael Neff and Cari Hah are also working on the cocktail program at Three Clubs in Hollywood, infusing a bit more quality on the liquor side. The everyday-ness of the neighborhood bar remains but you can now get a martini made with Nolet's gin. [EaterWire]
WEST HOLLYWOOD — A Baz Luhrmann-inspired show started a limited two-month run at DBA last weekend, with dance performances every Friday to Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets run $35 to $55 and can be purchased here. Some specialty cocktail coincide with the show, including The Red Windmill, made with champagne, absinthe, muroise du val de Loire, and lemon, a cheeky nod to Moulin Rouge.
WESTWOOD — The Good Food Pie Contest hits UCLA on October 5 at 2 p.m., with over 200 pies competing for the prize. KCRW host Evan Kleiman will be on hand along with Jonathan Gold, Russ Parsons, Sang Yoon, Sherry Yard, and others as guest judges. Pick up tickets here.