Chaya Brasserie

San Francisco, California

The owner of Chaya Brasserie is a pioneer of Franco-Japanese cuisine, and comes from a restaurant dynasty who opened its first teahouse in Japan 390 years ago. After starting the project with a previous architect, the client contacted Hayashida Architects to finish the design and bring his vision to fruition. Our firm designed the details for all finishes, provided structural engineering, and brought the project into compliance with accessibility and energy requirements. We collaborated closely with Yuji Tsunoda in Japan, the owner and son of the founder of Chaya, to design new millwork pieces, and two signature custom tables made of glass and stainless steel. Within the original brick façade, a new modern entrance was inserted with a revolving glass door under a custom cantilevered glass canopy. The finished restaurant has a bistro ambiance that is a blend of east and west, with its French zinc bartop, herringbone wood floor, and maple sushi bar.

Hayashida Architects was willing to do the extra step to expedite the process no matter how difficult the situation was. They were very pleasant to work with and very professional.

Alice Cunningham
Business Development Manager & Owner’s Representative