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Clifton's "Brookdale" Cafeteria
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Stewart, Lucille
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1945
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Clifford Clinton, founder of the Clifton's chain, opened a second cafeteria in 1935 in the former restaurant owned by Boos Brothers at 648 S. Broadway. Inspired by the coastal redwoods of Northern California, this cafeteria was remodeled to include mountain-themed motifs and design elements, such as a forest scene mural painted by Einar Petersen, large redwood trees used to conceal steel columns, and a 20-foot waterfall, designed by sculptor Franc¸ois Scotti, which cascades into a small stream. In 1939, the cafeteria was renamed Brookdale, in honor of the Brookdale Lodge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After decades of Clinton family ownership, Brookdale was sold on September 21, 2010, but continues to operate under the name Clifton's.
Interior view of Brookdale, showing the Little Chapel, located on the upper level, where diners can hear "The Parable of the Redwoods." Two bird cages containing canaries hang from artificial redwood trees.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Lucille Stewart Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
GPC_b12_f2_i29; GPC_b12_f2_i29_N
Clinton's Restaurants Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cafeterias--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles

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