The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has revealed details about Fanny’s, the museum’s restaurant and café being developed by restaurateur Bill Chait (formerly of Bestia, Sotto, République, and others) and the chief executive of Wolfgang Puck Catering, Carl Schuster.
The restaurant is supported by a generous donation from Wendy Stark and is named after her grandmother Fanny Brice, the legendary vaudeville, theater, radio, and film star who Barbra Streisand portrayed in her Oscar-winning performance in “Funny Girl” (1968).
“As a museum dedicated to the art, history, and culture of the movies, we want to create spaces for discourse, reflection, and conversation,” notes Bill Kramer, director, and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “Our visitors will discover a full range of exceptional environments and experiences at the Academy Museum, including the opportunity to enjoy a meal or a drink at Fanny’s. We are deeply grateful to Wendy Stark for her generous support of this project.”
Fanny’s 10,000-square-foot, two-story space in the Saban Building was conceptualized by the late restaurant architect Osvaldo Maiozzi who designed Angelini Osteria, Republique, Otium, and many other well-known L.A. restaurants. The interior design by L.A.-based Commune Design blends contemporary style with old Hollywood inspiration, exemplified by classic spaces like the Brown Derby and Perino’s, studio backlots, and the iconic 1939 Streamline Moderne architecture of the Saban Building, formerly the landmark May Company department store.
The industrial architecture of the Renzo Piano building will be contrasted by natural materials, including maple wall paneling, marble, zinc, and leather and mohair upholstery. The space will also feature work by local artists and artisans, including custom light fixtures by Atelier de Troupe and Pojagi-inspired sheer curtain panels by textile artist Adam Pogue.
Los Angeles artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias has been commissioned to create a wraparound mural for the main dining room to celebrate film and music legends from classical Hollywood to the present-day.
When it opens, Fanny’s 250-seat dining area will feature a combination of small group and communal tables and a prepared foods market leading into the main dining room with an art deco-style bar and lounge area with curved booths. The restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch on the weekends. A magnificent private events facility and terrace seating 600 guests on the museum’s top floor will be supported by Wolfgang Puck Catering, which will oversee catering services at the museum when it opens to the public on Sept. 30, 2021.
Additional details about Fanny’s, including the Chef, Program Director, and reservations, will be announced at a later date.
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