I never went to the Blueberry Cafe. Still, it was difficult to miss when it closed this summer.
The restaurant looked run down and a bit neglected from the outside, but its seventh-floor perch and 360-degree spaceship-like wraparound windows made it one of the most recognizable buildings in the Mihama beach district just west of Camp Foster on Okinawa.
Thousands of servicemembers and civilian employees must have stared up at that dingy tower each day after work as they filed off base and waited along the congested Route 58. So when the cafe sign came down and the windows were papered over, it was easy to write it off as just another commercial structure gone to pot in one of Japan's poorest prefectures.
But then something interesting began to happen.
Workers and scaffolding appeared and little by little the entire tower building was renovated. Atop the former cafe, a bold new red sign went up: 360 Grille.
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Comment: Not too many people went to Hatori Hanzo's sushi shop either but, that never stopped him from making the finest Katana in all the world! Everyone and everything has a price. The real question is, are people willing to pay it???