I really hope this cafe is not why costs have gone up this year.
Costs went up this year because costs went up in real life. Gas, airfare, lodging, and labor have all gone up, and the money has to come from somewhere. We typically eat costs and shave budgets (and argue a LOT internally) before we raise the rates, and then all of us voting members have to pay the difference as well. The reasons have been explained to death in this very forum, and of course the actual reasons have been ignored and crazy accusations have been made all over the web by people who don't know what the heck they're talking about.
When they went up in 2006, I was accused of lining my pockets with the cash. (Please, I was chair that year, and it cost me thousands of dollars out of my own pocket to volunteer 40+ hours per week. At least I had a deduction on my taxes!)
No, what happened was that someone finally put together a viable working plan for running a maid cafe, addressed all the concerns I (and others) had about it, and did the grunt work to get things running. And because of that, I am now doing what I can to find a way to make it workable in terms of the "cafe" part. We are tryiing to get some addiitional space in the Hilton, where it'll be a bit easier, but if that doesn't pan out, we have a back-up plan. Again, bear with us as we figure out how to make it work for our unique situation (huge con, difficult-to-manage catering contract restrictions), but we're hoping to make it awesome.
Director of Guests & Industry Relations (Otakon & Otakon Vegas)
Chair, Otakon Music Festival (2012), Programming Division Head (2012)
Special Projects Coordinator (2011-2012), Relations Section Chief (2007-2010)
Con Chair Emeritus (Otakon 2006), Vice Chair (2005)
President (2006), Vice President (2005)
Member-at-Large (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Grand Vizier of the Ota-Net (& former gofer #12)