Rice N Roll Bistro

Design, Contracting, Carpentry

How can a restaurant feel more like home? This became the theme for a humble Thai and sushi place. The location of 1952 N Farwell has housed several sandwich shops in a short 5 years. Each used the same basic stainless interior expressed a clean industrial aesthetic but felt a bit cold. With Rice N Roll we wanted to contrast the past by warming up the space with natural materials. Clear select pine is used as cladding through the space reflecting the purity and simplicity of the ingredient used for the bistro’s fusion cuisine. Hard ash makes the seat of a bench that spans the north wall. Solid beach makes up the sushi bar, tables and hostess area highlighting how beautiful and durable wood surfaces can be. The bar is made to feel like a home kitchen with residential cabinets, gray subway tiles and classic wood shelving. A cloud of timber rafters above the bar brings down the space and gives the impression that you have been invited over to the chef’s house. The height at which the lights are hung gives the space a cozy human scale. Rice and Roll’s deliberate rhythm and organization is designed to stand out as a minimal, appropriate and familiar feeling space to enjoy good food.


Special Thanks to Cory Gabor at Precision Contracting Service, Braatz Building, Spectrum Interiors, Tom Vavra Design, and Matt Scanella