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Closed (For Now): Clifton's Cafeteria Gets Busy With Renovations

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Things are heating up at Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown, but the kitchen is closed for now. As part of their long-term plans for renovating and updating the classic, kitschy restaurant, this week Clifton's closed down for what they anticipate will be a three to six month stretch.

While Clifton's is closed for the time being, "workers will focus on restoring the kitchen, the infrastructure, and the line," EaterLA reported this week.

It's not all bad news, though. The bakery will stay open and will have baked goods, bread, and sandwiches available to-go for hungry loyalists.

Earlier this summer, new owner Andrew Meieran announced temporary weekly closures to accommodate some of the renovations.

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Meieran, who owns DTLA's swanky The Edison, has plans to turn Clifton's into a round-the-clock eatery with an updated menu, but maintaining the cafeteria-style service. The top floors, which are currently underutilized, will become a nightlife destination with a neighborhood lounge and sit-down restaurant service.

Though Clifton's will open up early next year post-renovations, the full scope of the revamp will not likely be complete until later in 2012.