Cosplay restaurants (コスプレ系飲食店 Kosupure-kei inshokuten?), are theme restaurants and pubs that originated in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan around the year 1999. They include maid cafés (メイドカフェ Meido kafe?) and butler cafés (執事喫茶 shitsuji kissa?), where the service staff dress as elegant maids, or as butlers. Such restaurants and cafés have quickly become a staple of Japanese otaku culture. Compared with service at normal cafés, the service at cosplay cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treat the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather than merely as café customers.
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