Yakitori Yuchan, Davis, CA

Yakitori is a style of Japanese cooking featuring grilled, skewered meats and vegetables. In Japan, Yakitori-ya are small, informal restaurants or stands that serve yakitori, beer and sake. They are popular gathering places, where the grilling is part of the dining experience. In this long, narrow space, we made the grill the focal point – guests can see the flames and the food being prepared. The sake bar in front welcomes guests as they enter the restaurant. Interior design by Benning Design Associates. Photos by Don Satterlee.