Sasaki was built by two airline pilots who loved Japanese food. Their requirement of a design, was a small budget where they could build and open a restaurant quickly. The two owners built all the serving dishes and the interior spaces of the restaurant. The simple use of shoji screens, paper fans, inexpensive black tile in combination with river rocks and bamboo, allowed for a country Japanese look. Small cafe curtains and off-the-wall upholstery in cushions that hung from bamboo, made the soft goods easy to construct. This restaurant exemplifies the idea that with a simple elegant design, a reasonable cost can be accomplished.
Photos by Dan Forer