Architecture | Hospitality and Residential | Boka Restaurant Group |

Momotaro

Boka Restaurant Group | Chicago | 2014

Lightswitch Architectural worked with interior design firm AvroKO to design lighting for Momotaro’s Japanese-inspired interiors and artwork and the basement bar, Izakaya.

What It Was

After having successfully served up some of the country’s best contemporary American cuisine at spots like Girl & the Goat and Boka, Boka Restaurant Group (BRG) is turning Japanese. Owners Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz launched Momotaro, a new Japanese restaurant concept that marks their first foray into Asian cuisine. The team transformed a raw warehouse in Chicago’s hip Fulton Market neighborhood into a sleek, bi-level space with a lounge, 30-foot bar, robata grill, and dining room on the first floor, a private dining room and offices on the second floor, and basement bar.

What We Did

Lightswitch Architectural worked with interior design firm AvroKO to design lighting for Momotaro’s Japanese-inspired interiors and artwork and the basement bar, Izakaya. To highlight the rich colors and textures of the materials and finishes, we illuminated the entire space with layers of ultra-warm LED and incandescent sources that complement the interiors and the cuisine. A fully adjustable lighting control system provides seamless automation of the lighting to ensure that guests receive a consistent experience night after night.

Why It Worked

One of our many collaborations with BRG, Momotaro is a perfect blend of sophistication, style and substance—from its much-lauded fare to its sleek design. Like the menu concept, the lighting had to be perfectly executed to support the overall restaurant experience. With our dual locations in Chicago and New York, Lightswitch was able to successfully coordinate with both the New York-based interior design team and the Chicago-based restaurateurs to ensure that our design met both teams’ requirements and contributed to making Momotaro one of the city’s hottest new eateries. Photos by Hugh Galdones