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posted on 2006-12-12 10:50 EST
iMaid Café in Toronto Features French Maids and Bubble Tea

A japanese style maid-cafe has opened in Scarborough Ontario. iMaid Café was launched by Aaron Wang, a 24-year-old student of Economics at York University.

Like any maid cafe, iMaid Café features waitresses cosplaying as maid, and treating their clientèle "as if they were in their own home." However iMaid Café caters to a majority Chinese clientèle, so rather than using the tradional "Master" by which waitresses generally address their patrons at Japanese mad cafe's, the waitresses at iMaid Café address their clientèle with "Shang-di," a traditional Chinese appellation. Litterally, "Shang-di" means "god" however it doesn't infer that the clientèle are gods, but rather that they are receiving service fit for a god.

Wang to a year sabbatical from his studies at York University to launch iMaid Café, which opened in the summer.

Aside from the cosplay (Wang says some customers arrive in cosplay as well), iMaid Café is more of a Chinese-Canadian twist on a Japanese theme than a Japanese themed restaurant. Chinese music and TV plays in the background, the menu features bubble-tea as well as traditional Chinese food and North American food.

Pictures of iMaid Café and its staff can be seen at the iMaid Café website

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