This popular Japanese restaurant sought to better utilize its space, accommodate its steady base of customers and enhance the dining experience. Much like Kaz’s Bistro, the resulting space infuses a traditional Japanese tone with a modern edge. Despite its small footprint, the restaurant is more open and spacious, a shift realized by relocating the host podium and eliminating unnecessary partitions to improve flow and sightlines. The palette of high-contrast neutrals with a hint of warmth adds depth, and it contrasts nicely with the space’s dark red accents. Wood slats, bare concrete and cold-rolled steel finishes provide a modern flourish for this urban retreat.