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Clifton's Cafeteria's new deal: Open 24 hours, and 2 new bars on the way

Clifton's new owner, Andrew Meieran, center, is flanked by former owners Robert Clinton, left, and his father, Don.
Logo Updated Clifton Cafeteria comes into focus:
The new owner of the Clifton Cafeteria, Andrew Meieran -- already the owner of hip bar The Edison -- has revealed his plans for the classic downtown eatery, reports Blogdowntown.  The cafeteria will be open 24 hours a day, and Meieran plans to open a speakeasy-style lounge and a tiki bar above the dining room. Ultimately, Meirean said his goal is to restore Clifton's to “what it was like in the '30s."

Villaraigosa has bikers' backs: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has introduced a motion to make Metro mass transit more bike-friendly.  Streetsblog L.A. has the details, which include requiring bicycle design to be part of all capital projects and upgrading racks on buses to fit three bikes instead of two.  The motion will be heard and voted on at Thursday’s Metro board meeting.

Bacon on wheels:  Bacon-loving Angelenos, prepare yourself for the bacon-themed food truck.  LAist introduces the husband and wife behind the truck.  Lardon, as in, "Get your lard on," will offer a wide range of fatty, crispy, savory dishes from the Baco (bacon taco) to a woven-bacon basket of cheesy potatoes, plus breakfast and dessert items.  

Playing LACMA: Watch and hear percussionist Ben Myers play a funky tribal beat on LACMA's new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion.  Using only "a Cannon 7D, a few microphones and a brief moment of quiet," Myers transforms a building into an instrument. It's a catchy composition! [Via Curbed LA]

Jazzed in Echo Park: Jazz lovers on the Eastside, make sure to mark Wednesdays on your calendar.  The Eastsider L.A. reports that newly opened bar 1642 will be hosting weekly jazz performances. When the long-running Wednesday jazz night at the nearby Downbeat Cafe wraps up at 9 p.m., 1642's tunes will just be starting.  

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Photo: Clifton's new owner, Andrew Meieran, center, is flanked by former owners Robert Clifton, left, and his father Don. Credit: Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times

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I remember going to Clifton's, the Hawaiian theme one, and then another one also.
We moved from Illinois in 1945. Anytime, someone come out to visit, we always took them to the Hawaiian Cliftons. I remember a cave or somthing religious down below. It was beautiful.

You know you're getting older when you say "Clifton's--changing hands? This is the last straw."

My parents ate there--I remember eating there in the l960's---their Century City location later--and making a special trip back "for old times sake".

I'm only 36 years old, but if this Clifton's can't survive I am going to be heartbroken.

My parents are from the South and we often traveled back there by car. Not only are cafeteria's important in the south, they seemed to be easier to find a mere one state over in Arizona than in California!

Hometown Buffet seemed to have done them in, at least in California. It's an ok restaurant, but doesn't show the homemade care that Clifton's did.


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