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Clifton's Cafeteria Purchased by Owner of The Edison

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It was a little more than a year ago that Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles went up for sale. Owners, who had bought the 47,000 square-foot building at 7th and Broadway for themselves, planned to keep the eatery running despite a tenuous economic environment. If there was ever a worry that the classic restaurant, which has been open since the 1930s, would go wayside, that concern was washed away today. Andrew Meieran, the designer and owner of The Edison, announced today that he has purchased the space.

“We are exciting 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," Meieran said in a statement.

No specific details were given, but a spokesperson said expect Meieran to do what he does best, as evident with The Edison, which is easily one of the best bars in the city. Another version of the bar is set to open soon in New York City.

But "word on the street," according to Eater LA, is that Meieran may add two bars to the upper floors.

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Previously: LAistory: Clifton's Cafeterias