The opening of Gun Izakaya has brought a completely new style of food to Oklahoma City. Izakaya is a casual pub-style restaurant focusing on after-work drinks and small plates. Located at a central intersection within Oklahoma City’s historic Paseo Arts District, an elevated entry dressed in dark curtains and battens displays entry to the restaurant.
The restaurant’s character was conceived as a glimpse of the experience one would have while wandering the dense, pub-studded, alleys of urban Japan. An elevated entry deck projecting into the public right-of-way dressed in dark curtains and battens speaks to medieval Japan and announces entry to the restaurant.
Lighting within the space was kept intentionally sparse to create an intimate mood for dining while reserving bright wash lighting for a prominent mural visible to patrons throughout the restaurant.
Dressed in dim light, two central structures within the space, one solid and one open, function as organizing bodies derived from In-Yo, the Japanese symbol of balance synonymous with Yin and Yang. Analogous positive and negative spaces converse as the bar, caged in dark-stained wood battens, plays in tandem with the open grill definite by its exposed red vend hood offering patrons a full view of dishes undergoing preparation.
photos: ©Joseph Mills