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There’s a New POKÉMON Cafe Coming to Japan in 2018

After two decades, the popularity of Pokémon shows no signs of slowing down. But Japanese fans of the long-running video game series will soon have a tasty way to embrace their love for the franchise: a brand new Pokémon-themed cafe is coming to Tokyo early next year.

Via Kotaku, the new Pokémon Cafe will be connected to the upcoming Pokémon Center shop in the Takashimaya Department Store Nihonbashi. The Pokémon Company also offered up a first at the cafe’s logo, and announced that it is expected to open in March 2018.

Unlike the previous Pokémon cafes that popped up in Japan, this will be a permanent attraction. Of course, we’re looking forward to seeing the Pokémon-themed food and drinks that will emerge from the new incarnation of the cafe. As noted in a previous Kotaku report, one of the earlier Pokémon cafes went all-in on Pikachu-inspired menu items, including a burger bun, a mango pudding, and curry rice made to resemble Pikachu’s head. But with so many different Pokémon to choose from, we’re hoping that the new cafe won’t limit itself to the franchise’s most identifiable character.

The Pokémon Company also released some early concept art for the Pokémon Cafe, and it seems to be a fairly restrained design that doesn’t overdo its signature theme. But it does appear that Pokémon art and collectibles will be on display within the cafe.

Are you interested in making a trip to check out the Pokémon Cafe? And which characters would you like to see represented on the menu? Choose your Pokémon and share your thoughts below!

Images: The Pokémon Company

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