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Clifton's Pacific Seas, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
Posts: 264
From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-11-30 3:49 pm   Permalink

Name:Clifton's Pacific Seas
Type:restaurant
Street:618 S. Olive
City:Los Angeles
State:CA
Zip:90291
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
In the late 1920s, Clifford Clinton opened L.A.'s first cafeteria, The Cafeteria of the Golden Rule, on Olive St. He added another \"Golden Rule\" on Broadway which would later become the Clifton's Brookdale. In 1939, the Olive St. Golden Rule was remodeled into the Pacific Seas. It closed in 1960 and there is a parking lot on the site today.



 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-11-30 3:55 pm   Permalink





Dated 1940


Dated 1945













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Crowntiki
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Joined: Nov 23, 2004
Posts: 23
From: Crowntown, USA
Posted: 2010-09-17 12:00 pm   Permalink

Clifton's to return to tiki status? Even though it's a couple of blocks away from the South Seas outpost and decades later, according to la.eater.com, it might...

"Andrew Meiran (The Edison) is a busy man these days. Not only is he gearing up to open a branch of The Edison in New York, but Eater just got word that Meiran has purchased Clifton's Cafeteria on 7th and Broadway, a venue that has been around since 1931. Known for preserving historic locations and retaining original artifacts and décor as he did with The Edison, word on the street is that Meiran is planing to do such with the Clifton’s space and possibly convert it into a tiki concept with two separate bars in the upper part of the building. On the subject of this takeover, Meiran says, "We are excited about the prospect of being involved in the revitalization of Broadway and the one of the nation's most historic eating establishments. We hope to continue Clifton's incredible legacy as the cultural, social and architectural landmark in Los Angeles.” [EaterWire] — Yolanda Evans

As much as I love tiki, truly sad to see this Clifton's go. Unless they turn it into the Mai Kai west, I gotta give a thumbs down on this one.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-09-18 07:22 am   Permalink

Wow! You're right, that might be bad, but being that in such cases as the Broadway Clifton's one already constantly worries "How is it possible that such a time warp has survived this long?", this sounds better as closure and removal, and leaves room for hope.

 
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-09-21 9:45 pm   Permalink

If he could make Clifton's have just a portion of the incredible popularity enjoyed by the Edison, he will have succeeded. However, to add Tiki - that is so hopeful!

 
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martian-tiki
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Joined: Sep 19, 2009
Posts: 380
Posted: 2010-10-17 1:24 pm   Permalink






 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1535
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-10-17 2:38 pm   Permalink

I got to dine at Clifton's yesterday and see the third level "before renovation".

Best of luck to the new visionary. Hopefully his tiki-idea remains true to the original Clifton's Pacific Seas Cafeteria vision...only the finest of pre-tiki grandeur and those beautiful neon palm trees, huh?


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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2684
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2011-09-06 3:30 pm   Permalink

In anticipation of the upcoming "Tiki bar" on Clifton's 3rd floor, here's some vintage Clifton's eye candy for you. Because most of it is from the long-gone Clifton's Pacific Seas, I'll post it in this thread.

Mahalos to HB Tiki for the source of this content. It's his booklet...






























 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4251
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-09-06 4:59 pm   Permalink

John O,

Thanks for posting HB Tiki's brochure, what great collection of photos. That also helped me solve a mystery on a postcard that I have had for a long time.

Here is a photo from the brochure showing the lei and flower shop.



And here is my mystery postcard, the location now confirmed as Cliftons Pacific Seas.







There is no location ID on the back.

Thanks!

DC


 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5016
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-09-07 06:26 am   Permalink

Bring back Mrs. Von! Great stuff. And seeing that kneeling Jesus, on the other side of town in the Holy Land tour with BigBro makes it a nice weird trip...

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-09-07 08:06 am   Permalink

Yes, that Jesus now resides in my neighborhood, at the home of the original Lost Ark explorer!

Swanky, had I mentioned that the guy who did the faux stone work at Clifton's supposedly was the same artiste who did the Police Academy Cafeteria grounds?

Man, what an amazing booklet! Thanks HB, and John-O for all the work uploading it!


 
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arriano
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Posts: 1280
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2011-09-07 08:22 am   Permalink

What this country needs is a good "completely balanced, nutritionally adequate five-cent meal"


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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-09-07 08:41 am   Permalink

BigBro, actaually, you did. And just last night I was wondering just how one makes those rocks and further, where on earth I could go to practice the craft before I put them in my back yard! My yard is missing a water feature. I want to go big!

 
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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2011-09-07 11:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-09-07 06:26, Swanky wrote:

Bring back Mrs. Von!...




Actually I think the Bigbro should hold court in the Tiki-Ti and offer up Tiki advice and settle Tiki issues on a weekly basis.

Kind of like how Lucy did in the 1960's...





 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-09-07 2:42 pm   Permalink

Only if I get paid how I get paid for my Tiki help most of the time: in cocktails.

And while I am away in Europe, I will use Rasta-Jim as my medium: He will channel me and speak with a German accent.


 
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