Chez Jay | Los Angeles Conservancy
Chez Jay photo
Photo courtesy Jay Fiondella Family Trust

Chez Jay

Chez Jay opened in 1959 as a nautical-themed steak house and bar on a small scale, with room for only about ten tables. It quickly became a popular spot for celebrities, as longtime owner Jay Fiondella banned cameras and autograph seekers.

Photo by Michael Locke


The lone surviving hallmark of an L.A. institution lives on in part because of a public outcry and a chain of greasy spoon diners.
Photo from Tom Gardner Collection/Conservancy archives

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