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Clifton's Cafeteria Will Officially Open To The Public This Thursday

Crowds gather outside of Clifton's before a invited preview (Photo by Eugene Lee/LAist)
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After a lot of anticipation and several delays, the revamped Clifton's Cafeteria will finally reopen its doors to the public on Oct. 1.

Beginning at 11 a.m. this Thursday, you'll finally get a chance to peer inside the renovated Clifton's and see what four years of painstaking renovation to the quirky 1935 downtown L.A. icon looks like. After numerous teases and promising dates—an initial re-opening date was set for Sept. 17—you can finally check out those giant indoor Redwoods, hidden dioramas and the Broadway restaurant's revamped cafeteria menu. And, yes, Clifton's beloved jello will be making a comeback. You'll get to sample Chef Jason Fullilove's spins on classic Clifton's dishes, grab a drink at the stain-glassed Cathedral Grove bar, and hang out by the taxidermied bobcat.

Eventually all five floors of the renovated Clifton's will open, including the Pacific Seas tiki bar, the Treetops bar and lounge and the industrial Shadowbox bar with ice sculptures. But for now you'll still have plenty to explore.

Clifton's Cafeteria is located at 648 S. Broadway, Downtown, (213) 627-1673