L.A.'s iconic Clifton's Cafeteria sold

New owner said he plans to keep 80-year-old restaurant open

A bar owner has acquired the iconic Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles, ending eight decades of ownership by the family that founded the cafeteria in 1931.

Andrew Meieran, the designer and owner of The Edison bar, also downtown, said Monday he had bought the five-story building that houses Clifton’s Cafeteria from Clinton’s Restaurants Inc., the family-run operation.

A spokesman for Meieran said the new owner planned to keep a cafeteria

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