When Real Estate Developer Morris J. Kaplan decided to create a small, elegant restaurant for Miami’s culinary cognoscenti, he had three primary goals: There would be sushi. It would be kosher. And, the diners would be able to converse in normal tones rather than struggling to communicate over an inescapable restaurant din. 26 Sushi & Tapas represents a tasteful collaboration between Kaplan, and Master Chef, Fernando Chang. Years of success with outstanding kosher sushi, Japanese and Tapas cuisine convinced them that Miami would relish the kosher sushi option.
After countless experiences of dining in trendy, but uncomfortably noisy restaurants, Morris Kaplan was acutely aware of the importance patron-friendly acoustics. Impressed with the quality of the acoustic modeling imagery and auralization reports developed by Walters-Storyk Design Group-WSDG for two synagogues he was helping to restore, Kaplan was introduced to Sergio Molho, WSDG Partner/Director of International Relations. Engaging a number of innovations, which have greatly expanded the science of acoustics in recent years, WSDG soon developed a comprehensive program to inhibit noise and substantially improve speech intelligibility for 26 Sushi & Tapas.
After creating computer-assisted acoustic simulations to predict methods of controlling the venue’s ambient sound quality, WSDG recommended a combination of absorptive and diffusive wall and ceiling elements for 26 Sushi & Tapas. Additionally, a number of custom banquet seats with built-in broadband frequency treatments were installed to serve as acoustic absorption elements. Morris Kaplan reports that his diners have been extolling the quality of 26’s atmosphere as well as excellence of its food. WSDG is pleased to have contributed their ‘special acoustic sauce’ to this new restaurant’s recipe for success.