Clifton’s Cafeteria: Now With Real Butter?

This morning Clifton’s Cafteria put out an open call for an entire army of staffers, a possible prelude to Edison owner Andrew Meieran’s vision for the legendary Downtown landmark that Ruth Reichl recently called “magical.” Last we’d heard, Meieran, who purchased the building from the Clifton family, was considering a Tiki bar in the building and today The L.A. Times catches up with the owners’ plans.

The good news is that Meieran appears to be as in love with the history and importance of Clifton’s as the rest of us, and is simply looking to make the place thrive. Clifton’s will close Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer to work on renovations here, which will extend to the menus. Clifton’s eats will indulge in the time-worn comfort classics it’s known for, with chefs delving into Eisenhower-era recipes with the upgrade of organic veggies and “real butter.” Mmmn, real butter…

Structural changes will include an extension of the dining room’s fake forest setting that will include a man-made Sequoia on the upper banquet floor. In addition, Meieran will add a a completely new restaurant, as well as a few cocktail lounges. The construction will be slow, but we should start seeing significant additions to Clifton’s before the end of the year.

L.A. landmark Clifton’s Cafeteria closing two days a week for renovation [LAT]

Clifton’s Cafeteria: Now With Real Butter?