Oneka and Joe Samet say that with the closure of the directly named Maid Cafe in Culver City, California, their recently launched Chou Anime Cafe is now the only brick and mortar maid cafe operating in the United States. The Detroit News ran a profile of the local moe eatery this weekend.
The shop, which opened in June, serves tea and Great Lakes coffees, salads, sandwiches, wraps and sushi, along with imported Japanese goodies, with young women in maid attire waiting tables and playing board, card or video games at your table for a small (no more than $2) fee.
Oneka Samet, 35, runs the café's daily operations while Joe, also 35, handles the bookkeeping. "But this is really her thing," says Joe, a recent accounting graduate of Oakland University who still drives trucks for a living.
Describing the concept of moe to the the Detroit News, Samet likens it to "when you hold a baby or you pet a puppy or a kitten."
"When you come you're supposed to get that feeling of happiness and warmness. So that's why the girls wear the costumes," she says. "It's just so when you come in you feel happy and warm."
Detroit's Chou Anime Cafe is at 4206 Woodward, 313-638-2155, is open Tues. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.