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Two Big LA Restaurant Names Join Forces at LA’s Glamorous New Movie Museum

Tesse’s Raphael Francois and barman Julian Cox will lead the Mid-Wilshire opening of anchor restaurant Fanny’s later this month

A colorful rendering of a throwback restaurant with servers in suits and plush red seats.

The long-awaited Academy Museum is almost ready to roar to life, and with it comes a brand new — and rather opulent — dining option along the Miracle Mile corridor. The upcoming Fanny’s will open on September 30 at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard as a collaboration between the Academy itself and longtime restaurateur Bill Chait in partnership with Wolfgang Puck Catering, and with a couple of very well-known people leading the culinary and bar charge.

The incoming executive chef for the restaurant is none other than Raphael Francois, who came up through multiple Michelin-level restaurants in Europe, New York, and D.C., and is best known in Los Angeles for his Sunset Boulevard French-California restaurant Tesse, which he opened in 2018 in conjunction with Chait. Behind the bar will be Julian Cox, long known as one of Los Angeles’s premier bartenders and the man behind the stick at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and bars over the past decade.

Per the Los Angeles Times, Fanny’s will also focus specifically on upscale service, making the restaurant a throwback to the days of tableside food and dining room captains who touch tables, control the flow of the front of the house. It’s all part of the overall plan to rebuild the glitz and glamor from Hollywood’s golden age, from the deep leather booths to the act of dining as a show itself, complete with a long glass wall that lets museum visitors peer into the action. Reps for the restaurant tell Eater that Francois’ food will lean toward classic American decadence, while Cox makes cocktails with the city’s rich drinks history in mind.

The upcoming Fanny’s opens September 30 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, with plans for all-day service. There will be a patio attached to the front of the building at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax for diners wishing to grab something quick or to sit outside, while inside a host stand offers access to bar seating, communal tables, and the more jewel-toned dining room beyond. Wolfgang Puck Catering, for its part, will also handle on-site catering for the various events and screenings at the museum.