Chez Jay | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Chez Jay

Chez Jay opened in 1959 as a nautical-themed bar/steak house on a small scale, with room for only about ten tables. 

It was made famous for its fifty-year association with adventurer and raconteur Jay Fiondella and for its legacy as a combination dive bar and celebrity hangout during the same period. It quickly became a popular spot for celebrities, as longtime owner Fiondella banned cameras and autograph seekers. 

Chez Jay operated for many years on Jay’s behalf by his widowed mother (who died in 1991) and, since the late 1970s, by co-owner Michael Anderson. Under Anderson’s management and co-ownership with Jay’s daughter, Anita Fiondella Eck, it continues to serve as an important anchor of Santa Monica’s history.

The Kettle in 2019. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

The Kettle

Opened in 1973, The Kettle was the first twenty-four hour restaurant in Manhattan Beach, and is now one of the few remaining in the South Bay.
Gerry Building
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Gerry Building

Continuously housing garment manufacturers and fashion showrooms since it was built and an early example of post-WWII Modernism, the Gerry Building stands as a functional, vibrant industrial space.
Photo by Maxim Shapovalov.

Formosa Café

This ambitious rehabilitation project revives a glamorous Hollywood landmark to its original splendor and honors its cultural heritage and identity.