On March 17, 1991, MOONEYES Area-1 (retail shop) opened in Honmoku Yokohama, Japan commemorating the 5th anniversary of MOONEYES. Two months after the grand opening, MOON Cafe opened adjacent to MOONEYES Area-1 as a '50s style burger joint for Car Freaks in Japan. It became instantly popular for Cruise Night stops, a place to bring your loved ones, and also as a photo shoot for various magazines, T.V. shows, and advertisements.
Five years later, on June 2, 1996, it suddenly closed. I bet that surprised quite a few of you! But a little more than a month later, on July 13, 1996, MOONEYES Area-1 and MOON Cafe reopened. The reason for closing was to move from the previous lot to the current one (next door). As a part of the moving process, the Cafe went through a transformation, from being a '50s style burger joint, to a '60s style Coffee Shop. From a chrome and stainless steel covered shop to a huge diagonal glass window, an open kitchen, lots of green, and stonewall. The background music was updated too. Sitting in the MOON Cafe will make you forget about all the racket of Yokohama and make you feel like you're in a coffee shop somewhere in the suburbs of America.