June 12, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Benihana San Francisco has added a sushi bar and remodeled its cocktail lounge to perfectly complement its long-standing tradition of flashing knives and sizzling steaks in the Teppanyaki dining room.
The new full-service sushi bar offers a wide array of savory nigiri, temaki and maki rolls as well as several innovative items from their new lounge menu. Guests can dine at the eight-seat sushi counter and interact with their sushi chef, or they may opt for appetizers or an entire meal in the spacious 64-seat cocktail lounge.
"We are thrilled to unveil the exciting new look at Benihana San Francisco. People are discovering that we now have a destination lounge instead of simply a waiting area. Not only is it a great place for drinks and dinner after work, but it's a perfect dining choice for a delicious and healthy lunch," said
, general manager of Benihana San Francisco.
To conceptualize and execute the redesign, Benihana partnered with Innovation & Design in Architecture (IDA), a full service architectural design firm comprised of award-winning architects and designers.
"Our intent was to create energy, excitement and synergy between the sushi bar, cocktail lounge and Teppanyaki dining room," said
, president of IDA. "The existing lounge was redesigned with the focus on a very dynamic central 'U'-shaped cocktail bar. The bar is wrapped in wood with granite counter top, and a lowered bar soffit to give it over-riding presence and allow it to take center stage in the lounge," said Cool.
Once inside guests are greeted at a contemporary reception desk featuring bold colors and a clean line representative of Japanese simplicity. A
, or good fortune cat, welcomes guests upon their arrival.
"IDA relocated the host stand between the two entries for a more balanced and unified waiting area. The burnished red tile back focal wall is symbolic of the rising sun," said Cool.