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Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton's Cafeteria
Clifton's Cafeteria here opened in the 1930s. It's the largest cafeteria in the world. And if you're a nature lover, it's quite a fun one to go into, as well, because they have this whole redwood forest theme going on and even have a little waterfall in there, as well. Back in the day, these cafeterias used to be a huge part of the Los Angeles scene, a little bit like the Starbucks of their day and used to be huge cues there all the way down Broadway just to get into Clifton's. And they used to have a nice motto, saying, "Dine free unless delighted." Clifton's gets its name from its original owner, Clifford Clinton. They just combined his names together. And he had a golden rule for his cafeteria that no one should leave feeling hungry, even if they couldn't afford to pay for the meal. He was quite a generous fellow because he only wanted to make half-a-cent profit for every customer whom he served. During the 1930s, during the Great Depression, he even gave away thousands of meals to people in need. But the owner, Clifford Clinton, he believed in feeding the spirit as well as the body and he created this lovely little chapel in the rocks here. If you go inside, it's really amazing. You sit down and then you can have this view out over a peaceful forest scene. So if it's getting too hectic for you out in the city, this is definitely the place to come.
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