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I worked here for 6 years. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, if not the best one. So many invaluable lessons learned while in the belly of a restaurant – teamwork, commitment to your craft, and the importance of presentation, to name a few. Not long after my last shift ended in favor of a career in design, I jumped at the chance to team up with my old restaurant family and work together on a different side of the business.

Tsunami Website Device Mockup

Inside, it’s an odd assortment of themes – brick walls, concrete floors, old postcards and maps, handmade paper lamps, a cozy table nook, a chaotic kitchen, and a restaurant run like a pirate ship. We decided to design the website to reflect that unique aesthetic, those combinations of just the right things. 

Tsunami website mobile device mockup


We knew early on in the process that photography needed to play a big role. The building itself is another character in the story and needed to be showcased. I also knew that Ben’s son, Brendan – also known as Max Malcolms – happened to be a rising young photographer, and would be a natural fit for the project. He grew up in Tsunami, and knew just where to point the camera to show off all its quirks.

Be sure to check out his late night photography series, In Nocturne, and his enormous commitment to his craft on Instagram.

Tsunami Restaurant Photography - By Max Malcolms


No one is quite sure where the tradition started, but patrons of Tsunami have been sending postcards back to the restaurant from their travels afar, inspired by Ben’s own journey. Collections of these cards are proudly displayed in the main dining room, behind the bar, and occasionally in random locations (look for the little window). They become part of the building and create a dialogue and a relationship between the restaurant and its patrons. 

Tsunami Postcard front
Tsunami Postcard Back