Mr. Sato waits in line to taste the pie, but as always, things don’t go as planned.
On June 14, Japanese confectionery Imuraya announced that it would be closing his very last branch of by Anna Millerthe hawaiian american style coffee as famous for its maid outfits as it is for its pies.
Over its 40-year history in Japan, Anna Miller’s has expanded to 25 different locations across Japan. However, at the end of the summer it will be no morebecause the mall where the final branch is located will be demolished as part of the Shinagawa Station West Exit Infrastructure Development Project, and Imuraya currently has no plans to relocate the business.
The news came as a shock to fans of the cafe, and our own reporter, Mr. Sato, who had never eaten there before and now had an insatiable desire to visit before closing time. Believing there was no better time than the present, Mr Sato appeared the day after the closure was announced, and it immediately became apparent that he was not the only one who wanted to visit before that it does not disappear, because when it arrived, there was a huge queue of people waiting to enter.
▼ Sure, Anna Miller is popular, but it never was this popular.
Our Mr. Sato isn’t afraid of a long queue in Japan – he’s been known to queue for days to be the first to get the latest iPhone – so he got in line. waited around 12:45 p.m. and waited patiently for his turn to be seated.
▼ This was a great opportunity to show us all of his Gucci watch.
As he approached the front door, Mr. Sato began to dream of the famous Anna Miller pies he had heard of for a long time. Would he order a Apple pie to start? And one cherry pie for dessert? His stomach rumbled and he salivated, Homer Simpson style, as visions of pies danced in her head.
▼ An hour later, and Mr. Sato was almost there.
With the cafe’s interior now in view, Mr. Sato suddenly saw the staff spring into action, causing a bit of a commotion near the window as they hastily put up a handwritten sign that read:
▼ “The pies will be on sale from 5:00 p.m. to take out and eat in.”
Mr. Sato’s pie dreams were shattered in an instant, and he now felt a pang of regret that he hadn’t gotten to the cafe sooner. Still, he’d come this far, and he wasn’t going to give up his place in line after an hour and a half wait.
At 2:20 p.m., Mr. Sato was finally seated inside the cafe and, luckily for him, he was able to take a seat by the window. He might not have had a pie to look forward to, but he had a great view of Shinagawa station in front of himso he can people watch while he enjoys his meal.
▼ What would he eat, though?
There was sandwiches, salads, Pasta, Crepesand a tasty appearance LocoMoco on the menu, as well as meatier options like steaks and burgers.
This whole queue had made Mr. Sato hungry, so he decided to order a Small garden salad for 450 yen (US$3.38), as well as a dutch burger, containing bacon and melted cheese, for 1,260 yen. Then, in an attempt to fill the pie-shaped hole in his heart, Mr. Sato ordered California pancakes (1,100 yen) for dessert.
▼ First, however, he ordered a coffee (400 yen), which comes with free refills.
Anna Miller’s is serious about refills as staff were continually coming offer to supplement his coffee, which made Mr. Sato feel like he was in a real American cafe. Never one to turn down a good deal, Mr. Sato kept saying yes to these refills, so he was buzzing the moment his starter arrived.
The garden salad came with black olives and fresh mushrooms, which Mr. Sato thought was nice. It was fresh and warm, but he would need more than a salad to keep his stomach from rumbling, and then his main meal arrived.
It was a giant burger of American proportions – it was much bigger than those found in family restaurants, which Mr. Sato had expected. It had a home cooking feel to it, with beautifully made whole wheat buns, which made it taste healthier than other beef burgers he had had in the past.
The burger was delicious, and it didn’t take Mr. Sato long to polish it, making way for his dessert of California pancakesthat he had ordered with ice cream and whipped cream on the side for an additional 300 yen.
▼ How beautiful is it?
These beautiful pancakes swept any lingering desire for pie away from Mr. Sato’s mind, and as he sliced through them, he was amazed to find…
▼… there were strawberries inside!
This attention to detail was greatly appreciated by our discerning dessert lover, and the texture was so soft that every bite of crepe melted on his tongue, making them incredibly easy to eat.
As he finished his last bite, Mr. Sato refrained from licking the plate, and that’s when those thoughts of pie came back to him. If Anna Miller’s pancakes are this good, imagine how amazing their pies must be?
With his desire to taste an Anna Miller pie now rising in his belly, Mr. Sato scrolled through his phone to find out the exact day Anna Miller was closing. Given the huge line of people outside when he visited, he thought the closing date must be close, but it turns out the last business day is actually August 31.
As he considered whether to return before then for a slice of pie, Mr. Sato discovered that although the cafe itself would close at the end of August, Anna Miller’s online store will continue to operate after the cafe closes.
Online sales are temporarily suspended for the time beinghowever, likely due to the influx of interest after news of the upcoming closure spread across Japan, so if you’d like a taste of the pie, be sure to check out the online store for the updates.
As for Mr. Sato, he may have to go back to the cafe soon to make sure he can fill that pie-shaped hole in his heart, because he’s still not over the loss of the ice cream bar. with Imuraya apple pie.
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