Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Clifton's Cafeteria for sale? say it aint so!
Two Saturdays ago I went to Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles. It always takes me back to when I was little and shopping around with my mom. Getting the tray and asking for the fish fillet with tartar sauce and rice. I still get the same thing. On this day I went with my boyfriend and he got the turkey leg. I always think I should try something else, but it never fails. I got the fish. It is like stepping into the redwood forest in the middle of the city and old downtown Los Angeles. I love going and it's a treat every time I go. It is one of the few original businesses still open in Downtown. Operating in the Depression era the Cafeteria provided meals to the hungry and meals for pennies. Read more here.
Wait: I just read this: NOOOO! Family Puts Clifton's Cafeteria up for Sale LA Times Article
"Donald Clinton — son of the cafeteria’s founder, Clifton Clinton — told The Times in February that business had been down 30% in the previous six months."
But the want the Cafeteria to stay in operation.
I hope everything turns out well. My hope is that it does not get all trendy and destroyed.
By the way the Seven Grand Bar was Clifton’s Silver Spoon Cafeteria. It had been closed in 1997 and have a slight memory of it seeing the small restaurant when I was growing up. I remember seeing the cool exterior.
Photos from Great site for information is the Architects' building/on bunker hill .
insightful 7 grand article.
Oh, I've been to the Seven Grand whiskey bar and it was cool to see Jackalopes here and there (a'la Bigfoot Lodge) and plaid carpeting and some cool art, but a bit pricey and on that night, Sat., It was hard to get a drink and people got on my nerves. Meat market anyone. Blah. I have mixed feelings about it.
Downtown is changing so fast and I am in denial. I do appreciate the galleries and the cleaning of the theaters and just seeing the closed down gems off and on Broadway open. I just feel pushed out of it all like the homeless being pushed out further and further away from downtown. I ain't cool enough or have $12 for a drink. I want to hang out but the dives are disappearing. The ones that make a margarita out of 7 up and cheap tequila (Hahaa, that actually happened to my friend at Craby Joe's , now closed/gone). Check out that link (I think I have been to 95% of those bars, not proud but yeah).
And some Craby Joe's news. According to the article there is talks about it turning to a restaurant and Sake bar. Yep, I can go on and on.