Wolfgang Puck among conservators teaming up with the Academy Museum – Deadline


Fancy some new news on the highly anticipated Academy Museum of Motion Pictures? On Monday, the museum revealed details and the name of its restaurant and cafe.

Fanny’s, supported by a donation from Wendy Stark, granddaughter of show business legend Fanny Brice, is being developed by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster in a new two-story space designed by Los Angeles-based Commune Design in the museum’s Saban Building. Additionally, it has been announced that Wolfgang Puck Catering will oversee all catering services for the museum, which will open to the public on September 30. Puck of course has a long history with the Motion Picture Academy, having hosted the Governors’ Ball after the Oscars. since 25 years.

The Academy Museum defines the opening plans and the gala chairs Sophia Loren awarded with the first visionary prize

The late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi conceptualized the 10,000 square foot restaurant space. Commune’s interior design blends contemporary flair with Old Hollywood inspiration, embodied in classic spaces like the Brown Derby and Perino, studio backlots and the iconic 1939 Streamline Modern architecture of the Saban Building, a former department store in the May Company.

As described by museum officials, “Fanny’s dining room features a mix of small groups and communal tables and has a prepared food market that leads into the main dining room with an art deco style bar and a lounge area punctuated by a series of cabins. The industrial architecture of the Renzo Piano building is complemented by warm natural materials including maple wall panels, marble, zinc, and leather and mohair upholstery. The space showcases the work of local artists and artisans, including custom light fixtures from Atelier de Troupe and sheer Pojagi-inspired curtain panels by textile artist Adam Pogue. Los Angeles artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias was commissioned to create a spectacular wraparound mural for the Main Dining Room celebrating film and music legends from classic Hollywood to the present day.

Illustration of Fanny by Konstantin Kakanias
Academy Museum

Academy Museum Director Bill Kramer said: “As a museum dedicated to the art, history and culture of cinema, we want to create spaces for discourse, reflection and conversation. . Our visitors will discover a full range of exceptional environments and experiences at the Academy Museum, including the option to have a meal or a drink at Fanny’s. We are deeply grateful to Wendy Stark for her generous support of this project and to Bill Chait, Carl Schuster, the Commune team and Konstantin Kakanias for their creativity and vision.

Stark’s involvement brings another direct connection to the Oscars and the museum as a 1968 musical Funny girl, based on the life of Brice, won Barbra Streisand an Oscar for Best Actress for her film debut and was produced by Ray Stark, Wendy’s father, married to Brice’s daughter Fran. It was also a nominee for Best Picture.

Fanny’s will host 250 guests and will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with brunch on weekends. A private events room and a terrace that can accommodate 600 people on the top floor of the museum will also be supported by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Further details on Fanny’s, including chef, program director and reservations, will be announced at a later date.

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