The official AKB48 Cafe’s online blog has some very sad news for fans. This is because the site has announced that the AKB48 Cafe & Shop in Akihabara will be ceasing operations. According to the announcement, their final day of operations will be on December 31, 2019.

The reason for the closing is because of the planned renovations for the Akihabara Station area. The cafe is situated right outside the station and is also beside another iconic cafe, the Gundam Cafe. The staff is currently considering to relocate, but haven’t made the decision yet. And with the Cafe closing, they’re also shutting down the  AKB48 Cafe & Shops Online” and “Passport” app on December 31 as well.

The cafe launched in 2011 and has become a staple for AKB48 fans visiting Akihabara. It sells AKB48-themed food and drinks, as well as memorabilia.

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