American-headed company opens cafe & bar in traditional Japanese house in Rankoshi
“GCM Squared” (Rankoshi, central Hokkaido), an investment company headed by an American national, opened the cafe & bar “CAFE 54” in central Rankoshi on September 18. The cafe & bar is an old traditional Japanese house the company acquired last year and remodeled. It is a cafe during the day and a bar at night. GCM Squared wants the cafe to serve as a central place for people to gather, and they hope to also engage in enhancing the tourism business in Rankoshi moving forward.
“CAFE 54” got its start when GCM Squared spent 10 million yen last year to remodel a traditional Japanese style house near JR Rankoshi Station that they had purchased. The company went on to turn it into a cafe and bar with an urban style interior design while retaining the traditional style home atmosphere. They serve light meals and coffee from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. And, from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., they mainly serve alcoholic beverages.
The person in charge of the service is a male server from Ghana. He started living in Tokyo about 20 years ago, and worked as a hotel clerk at large hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton. He moved to Rankoshi last year and prepared the cafe for opening. He said, “I would like this cafe to be a place for socializing for local people.”
cafe & bar “CAFE 54”
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