Located in Colonia La Cacho, an up-and-coming mixed use community which is known for it’s trend setting restaurants. Our design is inspired by the Chef’s passion for smoke cooking; Kemuri means smoke in Japanese. Thus, we used another Japanese tradition, Shou Sugi Ban Siding (charred wood), to reflect the essence of the food while creating a moody atmosphere that highlights the food and nothing else. When designing restaurants, we find that experience, second to the food, is critical to a successful restaurant venture. We aimed to create a space that could directly transport patrons from the middle of Tijuana to Japan. We achieve this through the use of Materials that are authentic and full of character and tradition such as the Shou Sugi Ban Siding, the Cobble Stone Flooring, and a Cypress Butcher Block Bar.