Restaurant Concept, Branding, Space Design, Interior Design, Custom Furniture, Construction Supervision
The name, “Tanoshii Ramen,” was developed after researching the history of the traditional Japanese dish. In Japanese, “Tanoshii” translates to joyful, so it followed that “Joyful Ramen” was a fitting name for a restaurant with a concept dedicated to the enjoyment of ramen. Deep Ellum was the chosen neighborhood for the project, and we wanted to keep the essence of the area and the old building. Existing building elements were kept, such as the original weathered brick walls, classic concrete floors and tin ceiling. We transformed the space with bold wood elements paired with custom Japanese noren signs and fabric shade lights. The signage, translating to “Ramen for the Soul” and “Ramen Shop” emphasizes the playful name of the restaurant.
The dining room is clean and open with low back seating in the main dining area and includes a communal table with comfortable cushioned benches. Four custom-cut, log-style bar stools welcome you to the walk-up bar. The clean room is enhanced by the simple complexity found in the bold elements around the space. A custom wood booth that starts on the ground and curves its way up and around the ceiling in front of the bar creates a unique seating element. The back bar design is inspired by traditional chigaidana Japanese shelving that is installed directly to the original structural, exposing the aged brick wall behind.