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The Detroit News featured a story on "Chou Anime Café," a maid cafe operating out of the Midtown district of Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday.
Inspired by the popular Japanese maid café phenomenon, the restaurant opened its doors in June. It features girls (and one male) greeting guests as "Master" or "my Princess." The café serves Great Lakes coffees, salads, sandwiches, wraps, sushi and imported Japanese sweets. For an added fee, the maids will play board, card, and video games with customers.
The restaurant also features a retail area selling maid costumes, kimono, anime posters, and manga.
The staff members of Chou Anime Café say that it is the only operating maid café in the United States, since California's Royal/T Maid Café closed its doors just this month. Similar past attempts included Far Out Toys in San Jose, California and the iMaid Café in Scarborough, Ontario, which opened in 2006 and closed in 2007 due to unpaid back rent.
Thanks to Shelley G. for the tip.