Vintage Photo Friday
The Old and New Clifton's Cafeteria
|Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria, 1939|
I was most impressed with the preservation and re-invention of the Clifton's Cafeteria building when we visited this past Monday. I only remember the 1960's version of the exterior.
In an effort to update and modernize the old building, originally the Boos Brothers Cafeteria (1913), owner, Clifford Clinton added this modern screen to the front of the building, along with modern signage. I like this exterior. It's clean, the sign is legible and you can clearly see what this building is all about.
|Clifton's Re-design, 1960s to 2011|
When the current owner, Andrew Meieran bought the business, he wanted to return the building to it's 1939 design. It took over four years, but Clifton's has returned to it's 1940s glory.
|Clifton's, during restoration|
|Clifton's September 2015|
The interior of the building is just as impressive as the exterior. Meieran improved the forested lodge-look of the place by adding more realistic fake trees and foliage, along with forest animals. You really must visit so you can view the transformation!
|The old cafeteria tray versus the new tray|
|Clifton's, 1940. Dick Whittington collection, USC Photo Archives|
Here's a bit of history about the building from the Pacific Coast Architecture Database: