2/2>What makes a con café good?
Trained and outgoing staff. Cute uniforms does a difference, but it can't carry the concept by itself.
The food and pricing has to go hand in hand. The food doesn't have to be amazing, but then the pricing has to match.
A cute and varied menu is a plus.>Advice for people starting/running their own cafés?
Stay in the bigger cities. Start small and open only in summer when there's a lot of tourism.
I'd imagine that cute icecream desserts and cake would be easy to sell with the concept.
Smoothies, milkshakes and bubbletea as well! Low production value, very trendy and easy to sell for $$$.
I think it's weird to use japanese phrases, if it's not in a convention-/japan-related venue.
Translate phrases properly. "Master" might throw people off. "Your highness", "My lady", "prince", "princess" are better in english imo.
If some words are better in your native language, use it as well.
For food spells, make actual 'magic' words. Instead of "Oishikunare" use something like "Delicioso".
Get inspired by spells from Harry Potter and 'magify' words, while still keeping the meaning of the word intact.
If you're going for an entertainment café, you must remember to hire staff with a nice and welcoming appearance.
I don't want to say "Only hire pretty people!!", but make sure that they know how to smile and make customers feel relaxed yet entertained.>Will maid cafés ever have popular appeal in the west or are we trying to make fetch happen?
Maidcafés in the west is kinda.... out of place? Tbqh I don't see them going well here. People doesn't want to be entertained while eating. People go to cafés to study and/or to hang out with friends. Maybe there'll be music of some sort, but cutesy maids that treats you like 'royalty'? That's not the ideal over here.
At most, I think a victorian-style teahouse with Wonder Palour/Schatzkiste aesthetic would work. But then again, the entertainment part of the concept would be lost.