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Just where is Clifton's cafeteria?

February 5, 2009 |  2:39 pm

Cliftons We've  heard from many readers about our story on Clifton's Brookdale, people who remember going to Clifton's on trips downtown to shop or go to the theater.

A Clifton's fan from Orange County wrote: "I've been going to Clifton's for years and believe that it is a real gem the community needs to hold on to."

Take a look at Clifton's here.

A musician who now lives in Northern California remembers eating at Clifton's as a child. "I do recall the canaries’ singing and I remember a treasure chest or prize of some sort that I would get when leaving Clifton's. That wasn’t mentioned in your article but it is in my mind along with a wooden spoon that had a dyed-red tip on it; both those things I associate with Clifton’s."

That treasure chest held toys for diners who got the child's tray. And the wooden spoon was actually a flag on the trays with a red tip. The tip gave children the right to choose a toy from the chest.

A reader asked for the hours and address: 648 S. Broadway (near 7th Street), Los Angeles. It's open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day, later on Fridays and Saturdays for now; (213) 627-1673.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times