Mr Sato will get in line for a style of pie, however as at all times, issues don’t go as deliberate.
On 14 June, Japanese confectionary firm Imuraya introduced it will be closing its very final department of Anna Miller’s, the Hawaiian-born American-style cafe that’s as well-known for its maid outfits as it’s for its pies.
Throughout its 40-year historical past in Japan, Anna Miller’s grew to 25 totally different areas round Japan. Nevertheless, by the tip of summer time it is going to be no extra, because the procuring centre the place the ultimate department is situated might be demolished as a part of the Shinagawa Station West Exit Infrastructure Improvement Mission, and Imuraya has no present plans to relocate the enterprise.
The information got here as a shock to followers of the cafe, and our personal reporter Mr Sato, who’d by no means eaten there earlier than and now had an insatiable need to go to earlier than it closes. Figuring there was no time like the current, Mr Sato popped by the day after the closure announcement was made, and it instantly grew to become obvious that he wasn’t the one one wanting to go to earlier than it disappears, as a result of when he arrived, there was a huuuuge line of individuals ready to get in.
▼ Certain, Anna Miller’s is common, nevertheless it’s by no means been this common.
Our Mr Sato has no worry of an extended line in Japan — he’s been recognized to attend in line for days to be the primary to get the newest iPhone — so he received within the queue at round 12:45 p.m. and waited patiently for his flip to be seated.
▼ This was a primary alternative to point out us all his Gucci watch.
As he inched nearer to the entrance door, Mr Sato started dreaming of the well-known Anna Miller’s pies he’d lengthy heard about. Would he order an apple pie for starters? And a cherry pie for dessert? His abdomen rumbled and he started to salivate, à la Homer Simpson, as visions of pies danced in his head.
▼ One hour later, and Mr Sato was nearly in.
With the inside of the cafe now in sight, Mr Sato out of the blue noticed the workers spring to motion, inflicting a little bit of a commotion by the show cupboard as they hurriedly put up a handwritten signal that learn:
▼ “Pies might be on sale from 5:00 p.m. for takeout and eat-in.”
Mr Sato’s goals of pie had been dashed right away, and he now felt a pinch of remorse that he hadn’t arrived on the cafe earlier. Nonetheless, he’d come this far, and he wasn’t about to surrender his place in line after an hour and a half of ready.
At 2:20 p.m., Mr Sato was lastly seated contained in the cafe, and by chance for him he was capable of snare a seat by the window. He might not have had pie to stay up for however he did have an important view of Shinagawa Station in entrance of him, so he would be capable of people-watch as he loved his meal.
▼ What would he eat, although?
There have been sandwiches, salads, pasta, pancakes, and a tasty wanting Loco Moco on the menu, together with some meatier choices like steaks and burgers.
All that ready in line had made Mr Sato hungry, so he determined to order a Small Backyard Salad for 450 yen (US$3.38), together with a Dutch Burger, containing bacon and melted cheese, for 1,260 yen. Then, in an try to fill the pie-shaped gap in his coronary heart, Mr Sato ordered California Pancakes (1,100 yen) for dessert.
▼ First up, although, he ordered a espresso (400 yen), which comes with free refills.
Anna Miller’s is critical about refills, as workers frequently got here round providing to high up his espresso, which made Mr Sato really feel like he was in an actual American cafe. By no means one to refuse an excellent deal, Mr Sato stored saying sure to these refills, so he was buzzing by the point his starter arrived.
The backyard salad got here with black olives and recent mushrooms, which Mr Sato thought was a pleasant contact. It was recent and homely, however he would want greater than a salad to cease his abdomen from rumbling, and that’s when his principal meal arrived.
This was an enormous burger of American proportions — it was a lot greater than the varieties you get at household eating places, which is what Mr Sato was anticipating. It had a home-cooked really feel to it, with superbly made wholewheat buns, which made it style more healthy than different beef burgers he’s had prior to now.
The burger tasted nice, and it didn’t take lengthy for Mr Sato to shine it off, making approach for his dessert of California Pancakes, which he’d ordered with ice cream and whipped cream on the aspect for an extra 300 yen.
▼ How beautiful is that this?
These stunning pancakes swept any lingering need for pie removed from Mr Sato’s thoughts, and as he minimize into them, he was amazed to search out…
▼…there have been strawberries inside!
That spotlight to element received an enormous tick of approval from our discerning dessert lover, and the feel was so gentle each chew of pancake melted on his tongue, making them extremely straightforward to eat.
As he completed his final chew, Mr Sato restrained himself from licking the plate, and that’s when these ideas of pie returned to his thoughts. If Anna Miller’s pancakes are this good, think about how wonderful their pies have to be?
Along with his need to style an Anna Miller’s pie now rising in his stomach, Mr Sato scrolled by his cellphone to search out out the precise day Anna Miller’s could be closing. Given the massive line of individuals exterior when he visited, he figured the time limit have to be simply across the nook, however because it seems, the final day of enterprise is definitely 31 August.
As he contemplated on whether or not to return earlier than then for a slice of pie, Mr Sato found that whereas the cafe itself might be closing on the finish of August, the Anna Miller’s on-line retailer will proceed to function after the cafe closes its doorways.
On-line gross sales are briefly suspended in the mean time, although, seemingly because of the inflow of curiosity after information of the upcoming closure unfold all through Japan, so if you happen to’d like a style of pie, make sure you examine the net retailer for updates.
As for Mr Sato, he would possibly simply must return to the cafe quickly to verify he can fill that pie-shaped gap in his coronary heart, as a result of he’s nonetheless not over the lack of Imuraya’s apple pie ice cream bar.
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