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Clifton's cafeteria virtual tour

The original Clifton's cafeteria debuted on Broadway in 1935 with a California redwoods theme. After a five-year, $10-million renovation, it's been transformed into a five-story temple of comfort food, alcoholic beverages and kitsch — including wall murals, a waterfall, fossilized dinosaur eggs and lots of wild animals that have been to the taxidermist.

(Albert Lee / Los Angeles Times)

The original Clifton's cafeteria debuted on Broadway in 1935 with a California redwoods theme. After a five-year, $10-million renovation, it's been transformed into a five-story temple of comfort food, alcoholic beverages and kitsch — including wall murals, a waterfall, fossilized dinosaur eggs and lots of wild animals that have been to the taxidermist.

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