Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Honoring History While Creating Jobs at Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton's Cafeteria, located in Downtown, is a Los Angeles' classic - a place that families have been enjoying a good meal at since the 1930s. Today I had the honor of joining in a announcement that is sure to help this great establishment continue for decades to come. While the legendary Clinton family will still own the property and serve as landlords, downtown entrepreneur Andrew Meieran will become the new proprietor and is looking to honor the historic character of Clifton's while expanding operations, creating 100 new jobs and utilizing local hires from the Midnight Mission restaurant training program. And he is committed to revitalizing upper-floor uses at the building and activating business day and night, which are all vital components of my Bringing Back Broadway initiative.

Historic preservation is not about pressing the pause button, but about finding ways to honor the wonderful history that makes Broadway so special, while utilizing our historic buildings and historic businesses in ways that allow them to be successful and vital into the next generation.