Design of new downtown Providence restaurant combines traditional Asian architecture with contemporary detail
Libby Slader Interior Design (LSID) announces the completion of Sura on Westminster Street in downtown Providence. The design of this 1300 sq. ft. Korean and Sushi restaurant combines traditional Asian architecture with contemporary detail.
The downtown urban space is the second location for Sura, a family owned small franchise. The flagship restaurant is in Johnston and considered the only full scale and widely acclaimed Korean BBQ in the Providence metro area. LSID’s design adapts the success of the larger restaurant into the pace of a downtown eatery, highlighting the ethnic traditions while revealing a subtle hip alternative.
The focal point of the design is with the U-shaped bench in the back of the long and narrow space. “Sura” means “King’s Meal” in Korean, hence the decision to create this dedicated seating are, fit for a King. The bench is detailed differently than the rest of the space, accented by a custom light fixture created using three simple drum shades, a mahogany wood detail and oversized custom mirror.
Lighting, finishes and furniture were selected for their design simplicity and appeal. Millwork details, including the mahogany ship lap wood panels on the main wall of the space, were derived from traditional Asian architecture updated with a contemporary feel. The exposed existing brick wall brings warmth to the space when juxtaposed to the polished concrete floor.
A variety of seating is used to provide interest and flexibility, while also serving the varied eating options. The 50-seat restaurant includes a sushi bar, full bar and bar area tables.