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Hachi - Bozeman's Sushi Pub

Hachi Sushi Pub is a sushi pub in The Market Building on Bozeman’s bustling west side. It is a concept by the Blue Collar Restaurant Group, which runs 10 restaurants in Bozeman and Jackson, Wyoming. Its magic is a very intentional balance between really outstanding traditional sushi, modern sashimi and Japanese street-style food.  

We have had the pleasure of working with Blue Collar Restaurant Group on multiple new brands and rebrands for their restaurants, so when they approached us with this concept, we couldn’t wait to dig in. While every concept in the Blue Collar Restaurant Group is unique, the constant thread throughout is Blue Collar’s “service first” pledge. They want to make sure that everyone who steps inside their restaurants feels valued and taken care of. This goes for both customers and employees.

The other day, we sat down with Blane Woodfin, Blue Collar Restaurant Group’s regional president in Bozeman, to talk about Hachi and their experience branding a new restaurant. Check out our interview now.

Scope

Brand Strategy
Brand Identity
Interior Direction
Illustration
Signage

Location

Bozeman, Montana

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Result

Hachi has a unique brand that sets it apart from other sushi restaurants in Bozeman and unifies it with the rest of the Blue Collar Restaurant Group, empowering it to own a place in people's minds as Bozeman's sushi pub backed by a service-first approach.

three versions of the Riverhouse logo side-by-side
Riverhouse event photography showing a couple eating BBQ togetherRiverhouse homepage mockup on an ipadRiverhouse Montana drivers license branded artwork with logo seal
three versions of the Security Title Co logo side-by-side
An image showing several of Security Title Co's brand book pages
Security Title Co merchandise and business set design
Image with the headline "we eliminate risk" above an illustration of two people putting items into a giant safeAn image of a mother and child with the Security Title Co logo in the corner
Challenge

Bozeman’s restaurant scene is booming and several new sushi restaurants have opened in recent months, providing sharp competition for customers and staffing.

goal

Communicate through branding Hachi’s izakaya X factor, an equal emphasis on exceptional traditional sushi, modern sashimi and elevated Japanese street-style food.

approach

Craft a brand strategy that would give clear direction to the Blue Collar Restaurant Group as it started to build out the concept for Hachi with a brand identity to match.

Packaging

The Bridger Brewing team wanted to be prepared to can and distribute its beer after opening its second location. AMS partnered with Bridger Brewing for packaging design concepts. The first step in the packaging process involved a strategy session in which the unique identity of each beer was explored and dissected. Several concepts were then sketched out. Once a concept was selected for each beer, custom illustrations were created for cans and boxes. The result is a full lineup of beers, each with its own design that is unique while still clearly a member of the Bridger Brewing brand.

Reason no. 8

The longest line you’ll see comes from a reel.

reason no. 12

Big ideas are best discussed on the back of a pickup.

Custom icon set done for the Riverhouse brand
Riverhouse BBQ food photography showing a BBQ sandwich and friesRiverhouse RH monogram logo version in a circle
low-contrast Riverhouse logo on blue backgroundRiverhouse BBQ menu designslow-contrast Riverhouse logo on brown background
examples of Security Title Co's website pages
Gif of various custom illustrations done for the Security Title Co brandA grid of the Security Title Co team members at community eventsCustom icon set done for Security Title Co
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Photo of riverhouse meat with tagline "It's a Smokin' Good Time" overlaid
An illustration of two people in front of a For Sale sign next to Security Title Co's tagline Grounded in Montana Rooted in Community

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