TOKYO -- The last Anna Miller's, once a 20-plus strong restaurant chain serving American food and pies, has been awash in customers since its June 14 announcement that it would shut down at the end of August.
The restaurant's parent company Imuraya Group Co. said customers at the Takanawa branch in Tokyo's Minato Ward waited as long as three hours for a seat on the weekend following the announcement. Maximum wait times before the news were about an hour.
In response, on June 17 Anna Miller's limited orders of their popular pies to six slices or one whole pie per customer, regardless of the day of the week. For the time being, pies will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and taken off the menu as soon as they sell out. In addition, the eatery has suspended seat bookings and its pie take-out reservation service.
"Although we are getting so many customers, we are very sorry that we can't meet their demand due to the limited number of pies we can make. Thank you for your kind understanding," a store representative commented.
Anna Miller's opened its first Japan store in Tokyo's Minami Aoyama district in June 1973. Stores continued to open in areas popular among young people, and at its peak in the 1990s the chain had 21 restaurants. The Takanawa branch is the only one left in Japan today.
Imuraya Group decided to close the restaurant after the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism requested it be relocated to make way for a redevelopment project around JR Shinagawa Station's west exit.
(Japanese original by Hiroki Masuda, Digital News Center)