Photography Credit: StyleBlueprint

The unpretentious, comfortable energy of a true Japanese neighborhood pub, or izakaya, drove the overall approach to East Nashville’s Japanese-inspired ramen house and bar Two Ten Jack, located in the Walden Building. To build that ambience, the Powell team chose materials and colors that reflect a modern twist on the traditional izakaya, including light wood tones, soft leather, polished and patinated concrete. Space restrictions posed challenges and offered opportunities to amplify the neighborly vibes — communal tables under intimate lighting help Two Ten Jack feel like a welcoming urban gathering spot, where local and Japanese culture come together.