Clifton’s Pacific Seas cafeteria

17jan09cliftons

After a Hawaii vacation, owner Clifford Clinton remodeled his first cafeteria in Los Angeles to the Pacific Seas theme shown above. An artificial jungle theme inside and out included a rain forest complete with rain every 20 minutes. He went on to open more themed cafeteria restaurants. Clinton felt a social responsibility to not charge customers who could not afford to pay and he also avidly pursued corruption in the city. See his fascinating story here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/clifford-clinton-the-man-and-his-cafeteria-shaped-food-and-politics-in-la

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