Clifton’s legendary Cafeteria had its grand opening tonight (A fundraiser for the LA Conservancy) and if you loved eating at cafeterias when you were a kid, THIS is the place to be! Remember those turkey dinners with mashed potatoes and jello desserts? They are still there. Along with Waldorf salad and creamed cauliflower! All in potentially beautiful downtown Los Angeles. The new owner Andrew Meieran seems to feel the love for the old cafeteria also. Of course he’s adding a modern and pricier “comfort food’ restaurant upstairs and a tiki bar. But the lovable cafeteria retains much of its original charm – and cleaned up. We ran into midcentury historian Charles Phoenix there and he put his tray down to pose for a photo.
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