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End of the road for Gundam Cafe as total chain proclaims everlasting closure



It was actually only a few days in the past that we had been all excited in regards to the announcement of some new menu objects at Japan’s Gundam Cafes which recreate meals and drinks seen inside the hit mecha franchise. And whereas we’re nonetheless wanting ahead to attempting them, it doesn’t matter what seasonings the cooks use we’re fairly certain their taste goes to be bittersweet, as a result of they is perhaps the final meals we ever have on the anime eateries.

Right now, there are 4 Gundam Cafes in Japan. Two of these are in Tokyo (one in otaku mecca Akihabara and the opposite in Odaiba, proper subsequent to the full-scale Unicorn Gundam statue), the second is in Osaka, and the fourth is in Fukuoka. On Nov 1, although, got here the sudden announcement that all 4 of them will likely be closing completely in lower than three months.

No cause for the closure has been given, nevertheless it’s possible that the extreme journey downturn attributable to the pandemic performed a big half within the determination. All of the cafes are positioned in neighborhoods that, beneath regular public well being situations, obtain giant numbers of tourists not solely from different components of Japan, however from abroad as effectively, with even non-otaku vacationers typically desirous to take a peek on the fan tradition of Akihabara or gaze up on the Odaiba Gundam’s reworking (however not Transformer) face.

The shutdown brings to a detailed greater than a decade of Gundam Cafe historical past, and the chain took a second to thank its followers whereas breaking the news:

“We opened our first cafe in Akihabara in April of 2010, and our clients have supported us at each step alongside the way in which. On behalf of our total employees, we’re extra grateful to you than phrases can categorical.

We don’t have a lot time left, however we’ll proceed doing our utmost so that everybody who visits can have great reminiscences to take house, and we hope you’ll get pleasure from yourselves at our cafes proper up till the very finish.”

▼ The closing of the Akihabara department can even be the top of the hooked up Zeon’s Diner Tokyo and Fortunelatte Caffe takeout counter.

Photo: Gundam Cafe

There is a sliver of hope in that the announcement ends with “Please look forward to our next project,” so possibly we’ll see the restaurant chain make a comeback like Sega not too long ago did after closing one in every of its most well-known Tokyo landmark arcades.

The final day for Gundam Cafe Osaka will likely be Jan 10, with Gundam Café Tokyo Brand Core (Akihabara), Gundam Cafe Odaiba, and Gundam Cafe Fukuoka shuttering on Jan30. The cafe on the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility will stay in operation, however solely till the top of March 2022, when the whole middle will shut down, at which level we’ll haven’t any selection however to subside on these canned Zeon rations.

Source: Gundam Cafe by way of Hachima Kiko

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