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Clifton's Cafeteria to be Open 24 Hours, Hire 100 New Employees, Including Homeless

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Downtown's historic Broadway corridor was once a retail shopping mecca, a magnet for tourists, a major force for city business and commerce and home to twelve theatres. These days, although still a busy artery, the heyday is obviously gone. The theatres are mostly shuttered, there's a 15 to 20% vacancy rate for ground floor retail and more than one million square feet of commercial space in the upper floors remains unused.

For a couple years now, there's been an effort to revitalize the street known as Bringing Back Broadway. The plan includes streetscaping, a streetcar and once again programming the theatre spaces.

Sometimes revitalization efforts need a boost and today's news about the changes coming to Clifton's Cafeteria could help spur Broadway onto the right path.

News hit Friday that the 1930s eatery had been bought by Andrew Meieran, owner of The Edison, one of the city's most popular bars. Speculation surrounded what he would do with the space, but today he put to rest all of that.