Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

After more than seventy years in the founding family, Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles changed hands in 2010.

Entrepreneur (and Conservancy board member) Andrew Meieran spent four years and millions of dollars to restore and reimagine Clifton's for a new generation. 

He updated the building’s infrastructure and restored historic features, keeping the unique redwood forest-themed interior intact.

In 2012, the 1960s aluminum grille was removed, revealing the 1935 facade designed by Wurdeman and Becket. 

The beloved eatery reopened in October 2015. Ultimately, Meieran intends to have Clifton’s designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.