The 92.5 square meter LBK Craft bar\bistro in Nara, Japan that...
1. is designed with the highest standards of digital technology achievable within our budget. This includes the design of all signage; multilingual menus above the bar; dining area displays; LED lighting, color palette design, etc. .
2. will be the first restaurant in Nara, Japan to offer craft beers on tap, a variety of wine by the glass, and a selection of locally produced sake.
3. will offer meal and drink services for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night dining. Keeping with the technology/digital based theme of point 1, we look to have all media in the shop networked (signage, menus, ordering and POS systems, customer loyalty programs, etc.).
4. will cater to the local Japanese clientèle, but will also heavily focus on the booming international tourism market in Japan that currently lacks a lot of native-language based support that might be expected by international visitors. Therefore, all menus and signage will be digital display-based with language support in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Our staff will also all be conversationally proficient in Japanese plus one other language.
We have begun work with local contractors on general floor layouts and design. As we await what we believe to be the final approval for the loans from the banks in the next few weeks, we are looking to have all of our final site designs completed and ready to hand over to construction as soon as possible.
What we want is...
A. a contemporary, warm, and welcoming space for drink and dining at any time from breakfast through to dinner and final nightcaps. Please refer to the images, URLs, and other design inspirations we have provided.
B. digital and LED lighting everything. All signage, menus, and lights should be as high-tech as possible, but within commercially available standards; don't put something in that needs to be 100% designed, fabricated, and wired from scratch. Materials fabrications, sure, but electronics should be off the shelf available. Nara, Japan uses a 100V, 60Hz standard.
C. maximum utilization of space without feeling overcrowded. We estimate the space to be capable of achieving a comfortable customer capacity of 30 to 40 persons. However, the ceilings (3 meters or 10 feet high, once the current paneling is stripped) offer space to mount wide shelving for additional storage, as well as an opportunity for us to install hydroponic grow boxes.
D. creativity and possible inspiration from your designs. All concept photographs we have provided are there only for your inspiration. The location for LBK Craft can be absolutely stripped down to the barest of blank canvases (that includes all street-front signage space and display cases). We are looking to be very open to any number of suggestions and ideas for building our restaurant from the ground up, in terms of overall look and branding. There isn't any particular color that must be used, or shape of furniture or light feature that must match something in our photographs. All ideas welcome!
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