It could be said that museum dining is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance.
Beloved restaurants such as Singapore National Gallery’s Odette, the Whitney’s Untitled, the Met Breuer’s Flora Bar, and Palais de Tokyo’s Les Grands Verres have paved the way for a new wave of destination restaurants with gravitas worthy of the cultural institutions which house them.
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With the opening of Audrey at the Hammer Museum, the Southern California institution finds itself in the company of other museums that have more to boast than just permanent collections.
The brainchild of restauranteur Soa Davies and chef Lisa Giffen, Audrey, which opened its doors late February, serves up European-minded fare—with gastronomic options for sit-down meals, breezy cocktails, or a quick bite.
The bold, colorful interior is a collaboration between Michael Maltzan Architecture and Fettle Design; it also houses lanterns and a tile installation by Cuban artist Jorge Pardo.
With seasonal-minded dishes and intimate seating, Hammer Museum’s new restaurant—named after philanthropist and Hammer board member Audrey Irmas—hits the nail on the head.
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