Clifton’s Republic in downtown Los Angeles to reopen next month

Clifton’s Republic, once known as Clifton’s Cafeteria, in downtown Los Angeles will reopen next month, along with a revamped cafeteria.

LAist had the scoop:

The more than 90-year-old dining and cocktail destination will be bringing back a revamped version of its iconic cafeteria this summer, along with the tropical-themed Pacific Seas tiki bar, and the Forest Glen, Monarch, and Gothic lounges. […]

Pacific Seas and the lounges are all coming back in June after being closed for about a year because of “unexpected flooding,” according to Clifton’s social media posts from 2023.\

“It’s been an extraordinarily difficult period for restaurants everywhere and Downtown Los Angeles has been particularly hard hit,” owner Andrew Meieran said in a statement to LAist. “We’re excited to open this new chapter in Broadway’s storied history as Clifton’s and LA’s Historic Core reinvent themselves to meet the challenges of a post-pandemic world.”

Clifton’s opened about 1935 at 648 S. Broadway, near the original western terminus of U.S. 66 before the highway was extended westward to Santa Monica. It was part of an eventual eight-restaurant chain.

Developer Andrew Meieran purchased the property and reopened it in 2015 after $14 million in renovations.

The cafeteria closed in 2018 and was replaced by a high-end bar called Clifton’s Republic.

(Hat tip to Chris Willman; image of Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles by Michael Li via Flickr)

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