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Inside the Reborn Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown

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The legendary L.A. restaurant returns to its five-story home on Broadway.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

When Clifton's Cafeteria closed back in 2011, it was a sad day for classic Los Angeles. The legendary Downtown eatery, which had lived since the early 1930s serving generic but beloved fare to anyone, regardless of what they were able to pay, received a second life when Andrew Meieran (The Edison), decided to take on the monumental project of rehabilitating and restoring Clifton's.

And after more than four years of construction, delays, and setbacks, Clifton's is ready for its debut on Thursday, September 17. Yes, that's a way off from now, but until then, you can still see the progress that's taken place inside. Details are still murky, but here's what we do know:

1. Jason Fullilove has been signed on helm the kitchen. He's done everything from Malibu Pier Restaurant to LACMA.

2. Damian Windsor is overseeing the bar program. He's helped do everything from Roger Room to more recently Power House in Hollywood.

3. Bahooka's tiki decor will comprise a new tiki bar in the restaurant.

4. The cafeteria will be open for 24 hours a day, though restrooms will only be available to customers (apparently that's a big deal).

5. There will be some low-cost subsidized fare, keeping with the spirit of the original Clifton's.

As you can see, there's still a lot of work to be done with interior, but the classic elements are still inside, which should please anyone who loved the original Clifton's.

Clifton's Republic

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