Press Release: Official Opening of Clifton's Cafeteria to Benefit the L.A. Conservancy | Los Angeles Conservancy

Press Release: Official Opening of Clifton's Cafeteria to Benefit the L.A. Conservancy

LOS ANGELES, August 19, 2015 – On Monday, September 21, Clifton’s Cafeteria will officially reopen with a celebration to benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy. Guests will be among the first to visit the iconic downtown restaurant after its multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation by owner Andrew Meieran.

The event will run from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., and general admission is $125. Guests will explore the beautifully restored and reimagined first-floor cafeteria, as well as the new Monarch Bar on the second floor. They’ll enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment, plus full dinner and dessert—by going through the cafeteria line, of course. Tickets are available at

A limited number of VIP tickets also include a behind-the-scenes talk with Meieran and a tour of the third and fourth floors, which won't open until later this year. (Note: As of this writing, fewer than twenty VIP tickets are available; we expect to sell out of them this week.)

Meieran is a member of the Conservancy’s board of directors and a longtime supporter of the organization. Proceeds from this event will support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve historic places throughout L.A. County.

“We’re thrilled and incredibly grateful to be part of this historic moment,” said Conservancy President and CEO Linda Dishman. “Clifton’s is a downtown institution, and its reopening exemplifies how historic buildings can evolve and continue to inspire new generations.”

About Clifton’s Cafeteria

An icon of downtown Los Angeles, Clifton's Brookdale opened in 1935. It is the last remaining of ten Clifton's Cafeterias, once the region's largest cafeteria chain. Founder Clifford E. Clinton nearly went bankrupt honoring his principle of never turning away the hungry, even if they couldn’t pay. The building at 648 South Broadway was constructed in 1904 and is now one of the oldest buildings remaining on Broadway. Meieran has worked to restore the historic eatery since 2011.

About the Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. What began as a volunteer group in 1978 now has more than 6,000 members, making the Conservancy the largest local organization of its kind in the U.S.