Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles closes its cafeteria

Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles quietly closed its cafeteria this summer and now the historic site primarily will run only as a nightclub for now. In the interim, Clifton's dropped the "Cafeteria" from its name and now is called Clifton's Republic. No one seems 100 percent sure when Clifton's stopped serving food, but Los … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles closes its cafeteria

Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute are exploring the possibility of rehabbing and protecting about 50 properties once listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book. A few of the properties may be designated as L.A. Historic-Cultural Monuments, reported the Los Angeles Times. The Green Book was created by Victor H. Green, a postal service worker from Harlem, N.Y., … Continue reading Los Angeles may preserve ‘Green Book’ properties

Man returns coins he stole from Clifton’s Cafeteria 70 years later

A poor shoeshine boy who took coins from a wishing well at Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles returned to the restaurant many decades later to repay it "with interest." The LAist got the scoop on this remarkable story about Willie Gordon, who later became a successful attorney and detective novelist and married another author, … Continue reading Man returns coins he stole from Clifton’s Cafeteria 70 years later

CBS takes a closer look at Clifton’s Cafeteria

"CBS Sunday Morning" recently devoted nearly five minutes to the recently reopened Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. The segment provides as good of an overview of what Clifton's Cafeteria now is as anything: View More: U.S. News|Live News|More News Videos   Based on what I've heard from longtime Route 66 advocate Scott Piotrowski, you'd … Continue reading CBS takes a closer look at Clifton’s Cafeteria

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens to huge crowds

The long-awaited reopening of Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles last week brought huge crowds in which diners waited an hour to get a meal, according to the Los Angeles Times. Here's short video from opening day via L.A. Weekly: The landmark restaurant, which opened in 1935, underwent an extensive remodeling that took five years … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens to huge crowds

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Thursday

Clifton's Cafeteria, a mainstay in downtown Los Angeles since 1935, will reopen Thursday after a massive renovation that took $14 million and four years. The restaurant was supposed to reopen Sept. 22, but owner Andrew Meieran and its operators decided to delay it a few days after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Sept. 17 apparently revealed a few kinks … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Thursday

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Sept. 17

The historic Clifton's Cafeteria of downtown Los Angeles will reopen Sept. 17 after a $10 million, multiyear remodeling, reported Los Angeles Magazine. A few days ago, the restaurant's reopening appeared imminent because of a job fair last week. Now, there's a date. The magazine was allowed in the building to take photographs for a sneak … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria reopens Sept. 17

Clifton’s Cafeteria reopening appears imminent

For the past three years, the historic Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles has undergone a massive renovation. Preservationists and the restaurant's fans had long speculated on its reopening. A reopening date for Clifton's still hasn't been set. But the date it will throw open its doors appears much closer, thanks to a Craiglist ad … Continue reading Clifton’s Cafeteria reopening appears imminent

Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released

Here's another reason to go on a road trip: The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has released a list of all the properties listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book from 1936 to 1964 during the Jim Crow era of rampant racial segregation. A full list of the properties and their statuses is here. Kaisa … Continue reading Full inventory of Negro Motorist Green Book sites released