Fanny is the much talked about and newly opened restaurant and café at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Fanny’s is being brought to life by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster, with support from the Fran & Ray Stark Foundation.
To start, it will offer a limited menu of quick-serve small plates and prepared food options, overseen by Executive Chef Raphael Francois, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Francois and his team (which includes legendary barman Julian Cox) will launch lunch service later this month, followed by a more formal dinner service in early November.
The restaurant is named after Fanny Brice, a legendary movie and vaudeville star portrayed by legendary Barba Streisand in her Oscar-winning role in Funny Girl.
The elegant two-story, 10,000-square-foot space was conceptualized by late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi.
In this first phase, guests can either enter through the restaurant’s patio (off of Fairfax Avenue) or the museum’s lobby to order from a menu of espresso drinks, freshly made baked goods, salads, sandwiches like a beetroot tartine, natural wine and beer.
There is also a glass case filled with prepared items that can be eaten at one of the area’s communal tables or outside. Once dinner debuts, the restaurant will take on a more formal ambiance than its daytime counterpart, switching to a different menu and captain-based service.
Designed by L.A.-based Commune Design, Fanny’s features a spacious main dining room and an art deco-style bar and lounge, in addition to the daytime café area. The aesthetic blends contemporary style with old Hollywood inspiration, as embodied by iconic restaurants like the Brown Derby and Perino’s, as well as studio backlots and the 1939 Streamline Moderne architecture of the museum’s Saban Building.
The space also features work by local artists, including custom light fixtures by Atelier de Troupe and Pojagi-inspired sheer curtain panels by textile artist Adam Pogue. A specially commissioned wraparound mural by L.A. artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias celebrates film and music legends from classical Hollywood to present day.
You can follow them at @fannysammp
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.