Maid cafes are coming back in an enormous way.
One among the characteristic businesses of otaku districts corresponding to Akihabara is the maid cafe wherein staff dress in French maid uniforms and cater to guests’ every need using essentially the most polite and courteous language possible. Obviously it’s very much a service-driven industry that relies on human interaction, something that’s been hard to tug off in recent times.
One among Japan’s biggest maid cafe chains, @Home Cafe, has also proved to be amongst its most resourceful too. Over the past two years, they’ve tried every little thing possible to proceed providing their service while also obeying restrictions, corresponding to by organising their very own virtual cafes in 2020.
▼ The doorway to one in every of @Home Cafe’s six locations in Akihabara.
And now it seems they’ve weathered the worst of it and are seeing guests coming back in pre-pandemic numbers. In actual fact, business has been so good, they will likely be expanding next February.
This latest @Home Cafe on the fifth floor of the Akiba Cultures Zone with be the chain’s ninth and largest location ever, becoming their flagship store in the method. This sprawling cafe will likely be divided into two foremost sections on the identical floor, with a general reception desk to assist guests navigate all of it.
The foremost areas will likely be arrange in a theatre style with an LED-screen-equipped stage for various shows to be held.
The inside is decorated within the chain’s typical moe style, and its ambitious size is undoubtedly in preparation for when tourists will return to the realm and fill the halls.
Prior to the COIVD-19 pandemic, @Home Cafe saw about 10,000 customers every month, each domestic and international. That number dropped by about 80 percent on the worst, but it surely appears the corporate has regained much of its domestic business recently.
This latest location may also have an expanded version of its popular @Home Shop souvenir section. It can most probably carry the identical items corresponding to postcards, CDs, and headshots of their more popular maids, but possibly with some additional original merch as well.
It’s definitely an encouraging sign to see @Home Cafe take exhibit such growth as of late, and hopefully it really works out for them, especially during a time where it looks like iconic Akihabara businesses are closing their doors left and right.
I just hope they’ve someone who can clean up such a big venue, possibly some sort of housekeeper or attendant?
@Home Cafe Akiba Culture Branch / あっとほぉーむカフェAKIBAカルチャーズ店
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda 1-7-6 Akiba Cultures Zone 5F
東京都千代田区外神田1-7-6 AKIBAカルチャーズZONE 5F
Tentative opening: February, 2022