Almond Cafe is closing…

2 Jan

The カフェアマンド六本木 (Roppongi Almond Cafe) which opened in August 1946 will close tomorrow (Saturday, January 3, 2009).


It will re-open in a new building very close to it’s current location…but it’s still surprising that they’re relocating.

In front of the カフェアマンド六本木 (Roppongi Almond Cafe) is a popular meeting spot for people meeting in 六本木 (Roppongi, Tokyo).
If people meet in 渋谷 (Shibuya, Tokyo), they usually meet near the Hachiko statue. If they meet in 新宿 (Shinjuku, Tokyo), they’ll often meet near the Studio Alta building. If they want to meet in 上野 (Ueno, Tokyo), they often meet in front of the Takamori statue. And if people meet in 六本木 (Roppongi, Tokyo), they usually meet in front of カフェアマンド六本木 (Roppongi Almond Cafe).
It’s a landmark.

10 Responses to “Almond Cafe is closing…”

  1. tokyo5 January 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm #


    Supposedly the Almond Cafe’s moving to a location near it’s original spot.


  2. bartman905 January 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Yes, it is closed now, though when we passed by a few days ago, they were selling the rest of their goods (though no one seems to be buying).


  3. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm #


    So, is it closed now?


  4. bartman905 January 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    > You live within walking distance from it, don’t you?

    I sure do, I pass by Almond Cafe all the time.


  5. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    You remember the details of that movie very well! I saw it once…when it was a new movie. I thought it was OK…not great.

    But I guess you can remember it so well because it takes place in your hometown.

    Didn’t Alice Cooper have a cameo in it? (Or was that the sequel?)


  6. Sir Pent January 3, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    The town from Wayne’s World is a “real” town (Aurora, IL)…but what they show in the movie is an amalgamation of different landmarks from all over Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. Some of the spots were fake…Stan Mikita’s Donuts doesn’t really exist, none of the bars exist and when they sit in the empty field and watch the airplanes take off, there really is no place in the Chicago area where you could get that close to a runway.


  7. tokyo5 January 2, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    You live within walking distance from it, don’t you?


  8. bartman905 January 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Didn’t know that Almond Cafe is closing – definitely agree that this is a Tokyo landmark. My wife and I will have to visit it tomorrow before it closes …


  9. tokyo5 January 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Sir Pent…

    Yeah, I guess they just sometimes only see dollar-signs…and a pharmacy is more profitable than cars on a spike. (What an unusual landmark!? Did it mean something?)

    And…do you live in the “Wayne’s World” town? Have you ever met anyone like Garth or Wayne?


  10. Sir Pent January 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Seems like that kind of thing is becoming less and less important in today’s world.

    If you’ve ever seen Wayne’s World (the first movie), there is a scene where they drive by a bunch of cars stuck on a big spike. That’s been a landmark here in Berwyn, IL for a ages.

    Well, last year they tore it down.

    They say it was because it required repairs so costly that it was cheaper to trash it. Apparently it had NOTHING to do with the Walgreen’s pharmacy that they built where the “spindle” once stood…


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