In an appropriately adorable fashion, Japan’s Kirby Café announced via Twitter this week that it will be closing its doors after just three months of business at its three locations in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya.

Translated, the tweet sweetly states that Kirby’s heart and stomach are full, while also thanking fans for the support and love they’ve given to the company behind the café. This end note is especially endearing for its tie to the scrumptious meal and dessert offerings it’s provided guests since August. From sweet, delicious Kirby pancakes, to a King Dedede dish with spare ribs, to a Maxim Tomato themed meal, the café truly became a welcomed sensation at all of its locations.

As sad as it is to see them and the charming Kirby Café themed merchandise go, we knew this time would come. The original announcements for the café let prospective visitors and Kirby fans alike know that all the locations were pop-up shops, meaning that they’d only be around for a limited amount of time. While we’re sad to see such a fun, colorful and loved café disappear, the very fact that it was available at all was the biggest treat ever.

Very interestingly, the end of the GIF provided in the tweet displays “FIN” (translated as “the end” or “finish”) – with a question mark in tow. This simple punctuational addition leads us to wonder if this really is the last we’ll see of the Kirby Café, or if there’s more to be expected from the popular pop-up locations.

If you’re bummed you didn’t get a chance to stop in at one of the exclusive cafés, you can walk through the experience with one of our writers who visited the Osaka location and shared his experience with the world. You can also watch a walkthrough of the café below!


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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.

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