This picture is from my own sushi bar that I started in 2009. Previously the location was a bridal store, and looked completely different. The exposed brick used to be hidden behind drywall.
The design is clean, with a lot of red and black. The layout is simple, yet very effective and cozy. The atmosphere was classy, but casual, and very relaxed. I sold the sushi bar in 2012, but it still looks pretty much the same.
The layout was exposed brick on one side, red wall on the other side, and a huge black board by the window, to write the specials. The chairs are made of brass, with black vinyl seats. I decorated it with only wooden and metal decorations, and non of the cheap junk such as waving porcelain cats (if you've been in a sushi bar, you probably know what I mean), and hanging dusty plastic fish.
This picture is from a patio located a block away from the sushi bar. I didn't have a fish pond, or needed one, but if you like fish ponds, this is one of the nicest ones I've seen in a restaurant.
If I ever open another sushi bar, I want this time the bar to be made out of bamboo, like the one from the picture. I did, actually, have bamboo hut over the bar, but the bar itself wasn't made of bamboo.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.