Panorama: Clifton’s Cafeteria

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Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

The woodsy dining room of Clifton's Brookdale cafeteria -- with multiple mezzanine decks and fake redwood trees to conceal support columns -- was built in a onetime furniture store completed in 1916. The downtown Los Angeles landmark dating to the Great Depression is being sold to a local developer who vows to preserve its comfort-food menu and kitschy charms. The sale of a 40-year lease to the building at Broadway and 7th Street marks the end of family operations of Clifton's cafeterias in Los Angeles going back to 1931. Share