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Clifton's Brookdale, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
The Below Decks
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Posted: 2015-07-20 11:34 am   Permalink

This from today, Monday, 7/20/15 on Eater LA:

And more news from the yet-to-open space.

Still waiting for Clifton’s Cafeteria to reopen Downtown? Join the party. The long-awaited space has been showing signs of life lately (including a fancy new light-up sign that was erected a few months back), and today comes confirmation that a few big names are fully attached to lead the opening charge.

First up is chef Jason Fullilove, who only recently left Malibu Pier restaurant for (at the time) parts unknown. Prior to that, Fullilove had worked with Mark Peel at Campanile / Tar Pit, as well as Patina’s slate of LACMA-based offerings.

On the operations side, Anuar Pinto Valesco arrives after a long stint with Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, serving as BLD’s general manager and catering head for the rest of the group’s portfolio. Meanwhile, the bar side of things (which is projected to be its own very large beast) will be manned by Damian Windsor, who helped to open The Roger Room and consulted on many of the city’s most popular bars, from Bar Marmont to Bar Lubitsch and beyond. Most recently, Windsor has been working at Warwick, and Hollywood’s reformatted Power House.

The trio of names staking themselves to the upcoming Clifton’s rebirth certainly brings hope that a new beginning can’t be far away, though the heretofore tight-lipped ownership team won’t peg an arrival date. For now, the construction is still ongoing.


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2015-07-29 2:31 pm   Permalink

Word on the grapevine is they'll be open in about five more weeks...

 
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finky099
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Posted: 2015-07-29 5:25 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-07-29 14:31, Humuhumu wrote:
Word on the grapevine is they'll be open in about five more weeks...



That would be outstanding!

Hard to believe, but definitely outstanding if it comes to pass.


 
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Posted: 2015-07-29 10:08 pm   Permalink

I heard through the tiki-vine it'll be opening soon also. Something like 9 bars in there but the Tiki Bar won't be going in til after they open. Can't wait to see it and eat/drink there.
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The Below Decks
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Posted: 23 days ago; 2:47 pm   Permalink

This is from Eater LA dated August 6, 2015:

And they're moving in the furniture, too.

After recently pulling in some top-shelf names (including chef Jason Fullilove) it seems that Clifton’s Cafeteria is now ready to take on lots more worker bees to help run the hive. Various postings across the interwebs indicate that a Downtown arrival for the long, long-awaited Clifton’s redo is almost upon us, with a big ol' job fair slated for the weekend.

Chris Amirault, formerly of Harlowe, Eveleigh, and Melrose Umbrella Co., is taking over some managing duties at the upcoming Clifton’s, and put out a notice — also replicated on Craiglist — asking for everyone from line and prep cooks to servers, bussers, bartenders, and security personnel. It’s a big ask, which shows you how close Clifton’s must be to coming back to life.

Even more intriguing is the arrival of furniture at the site, which has so far remained mostly dark — minus that neon light, of course. Well, there’s lots of activity these days, even if those big black walls out front prevent anyone from getting a good look inside.

Want a chance to work at one of Los Angeles’ most iconic restaurant, in all its redone glory? Show up on Saturday and dress to impress.


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 14 days ago; 3:35 pm   Permalink

Here are some old pictures of Clifton's and some pictures of what it looks like now.

No tiki yet.















These are the pictures of the place what it looks like now.
















Clifton's is set to open in phases starting Sept. 17, with the last portion, the Pacific Seas bar, targeted by Halloween.



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Posted: 14 days ago; 4:51 pm   Permalink

So far, I like what I see.

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 13 days ago; 11:36 am   Permalink

2 new articles and pictures.
http://www.lamag.com/longform/behold-the-fantastical-new-cliftons/

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cliftons-redo-20150816-story.html


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The Below Decks
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Posted: 12 days ago; 1:43 pm   Permalink

Bahooka meets Clifton's! This from Eater LA August 17, 2015:

The legendary L.A. restaurant returns to its five-story home on Broadway.

When Clifton's Cafeteria closed back in 2011, it was a sad day for classic Los Angeles. The legendary Downtown eatery, which had lived since the early 1930s serving generic but beloved fare to anyone, regardless of what they were able to pay, received a second life when Andrew Meieran (The Edison), decided to take on the monumental project of rehabilitating and restoring Clifton's.

And after more than four years of construction, delays, and setbacks, Clifton's is ready for its debut on Thursday, September 17. Yes, that's a way off from now, but until then, you can still see the progress that's taken place inside. Details are still murky, but here's what we do know:

1. Jason Fullilove has been signed on helm the kitchen. He's done everything from Malibu Pier Restaurant to Ray's & Stark Bar.

2. Damian Windsor is overseeing the bar program. He's helped do everything from Roger Room to more recently Power House in Hollywood.

3. Bahooka's tiki decor will comprise a new tiki bar in the restaurant.

4. The cafeteria will be open for 24 hours a day, though restrooms will only be available to customers (apparently that's a big deal).

5. There will be some low-cost subsidized fare, keeping with the spirit of the original Clifton's.

As you can see, there's still a lot of work to be done with interior, but the classic elements are still inside, which should please anyone who loved the original Clifton's.



http://la.eater.com/2015/8/17/9165535/cliftons-cafeteria-los-angeles-downtown-opening-photos#4811478


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The Below Decks
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Posted: 10 days ago; 1:45 pm   Permalink

This is from the Downtown LA News 8/19/15:

"The fourth floor holds the Treetops bar and lounge; the design is Art Deco, with the redwood replica’s needle-like leaves creating a canopy overhead. Through a nearby doorway is a tiki bar named Pacific Seas. Decorations include a 1939 Chris Craft boat and tiki pieces from Bahooka restaurant in Rosemead, which closed in 2013. Meieran said he expects to open the bars and an American steakhouse menu on the floor by the end of the year."

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/the-comeback-of-clifton-s/article_bca8e504-42be-11e5-a776-73950419e100.html


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