Location: Richmond, VA
Size: 4,500 SF
An entrepreneur sought to open a Japanese restaurant in the Richmond, Va. metro area that offers sushi on one side and teppanyaki on the other. The design mirrors the duality of the cuisine served here with a ying and yang twist: Each side is designed to reflect the two differing cuisines, that when taken together, offer the restaurateur’s customers a complete experience in Japanese cuisine.
The public floor plan of the 4,500 square foot restaurant is roughly divided in two L-shaped spaces. The sushi side maintains high ceilings to create an open and airy atmosphere with individual tables along a banquet spine.
The teppanyaki side is covered with a lower wood slat celling that works to cover the grill hoods, creating an intimate environment focused on the skillful works of the Japanese chef. A bamboo-like screen made of rebar further veils the two spaces from one another.
[designed while at SMBW]