Yona Pays Homage to Japanese and Korean Design

Yona Pays Homage to Japanese and Korean Design

Yona Pays Homage to Japanese and Korean DesignIntroducing Yona, the latest restaurant concept from award-winning chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella. Located next to Isabella’s other well-received establishments, Kapnos Taverna and Pepita, Yona completes the trifecta, bringing a new take on a ramen noodle bar to the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.

In a quick turnaround time of just 10 weeks, Hospitality Construction Services founder Rob Mescolotto and his team were able to transform the 1,300-square-foot space into a show-stopping restaurant, inspired by the traditional minimalism found in Japanese design, with the unique characteristics of “new Tokyo” intertwined.

Some notable design and construction elements include:

  • In the dining space, natural cedar millwork and furniture lends a nod to Japanese and Korean wood joinery, offering a warm contrast against the pristine, white-tiled open kitchen.

  • A custom neon light fixture and pixelated mosaic wall tiles in shapes of whales, a recurring motif in the space and in Yona’s branding, contribute to the restaurant’s fun and comfortable vibe.

  • The wood for the exterior façade was created using the Shou Sugi Ban method, a traditional Japanese way of charring wood that naturally the material against the elements.

Yona Pays Homage to Japanese and Korean DesignRob value engineered the space—cutting down the total cost by a third, bringing the project well under its estimated budget. With a number of great projects under his belt, including D.C.’s highly regarded restaurant, The Dabney.