Alice Waters to Open New Restaurant in Los Angeles Later This Year
Chef, restaurateur, and food educator Alice Waters has announced that she will be opening a new restaurant in Los Angeles later this year. The as-yet-unnamed eatery will be Waters' first restaurant in the L.A. area; her Chez Panisse has been a Berkeley icon since the early 1970s, and her now-shuttered Café Fanny was less than two miles away, in the northwest part of the city.
According to Eater, Waters' restaurant will be located at the Hammer Museum, near UCLA's campus. (And, before you ask, yes, it's those Hammers-the museum was founded by art-loving oil tycoon Armand Hammer, the great-grandfather of actor Armie Hammer.) A spokesperson for the museum said that Waters' next venture will "highlight wholesome foods sourced from local farms dedicated to responsible and regenerative farming practices."
Eater reports that David Tanis, a cookbook author and former head chef at Chez Panisse, will be involved with the new concept, as will Chateau Marmont veteran Jesse McBride. Oliver Monday, who worked as the forager at The Market in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will fill that same role for Waters. (Monday's brother, Nico, previously worked as a chef at Chez Panisse.)
Earlier this month, Waters' newest book, We Are What We Eat, was released. Subtitled "A Slow Food Manifesto," publisher Random House describes it as "an impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats" and "a declaration of action against fast food values." Waters has spent decades championing the slow food movement, which advocates choosing local, sustainable food sources and using traditional cooking methods to prepare them-like her now-famous Egg on a Spoon.
The new Hammer Museum restaurant does not yet have an opening date, but it is expected to welcome guests at some point this fall. Chez Panisse is still temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but it does offer "prepared meals, sides, pantry supplies, desserts, wine, and beer" for pickup, and its chefs curate weekly farm boxes filled with organic produce that can be collected every Sunday. Cafe Fanny closed in 2012 after almost 28 years of breakfasts, lunches, and "café au laits and beignets," as Waters and her co-owners wrote in their goodbye letter to the neighborhood.