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Yokota Air Base’s Samurai Café is getting a $467,000 facelift.

Renovations to the enlisted personnel dining facility include new floor coverings, dining room furniture and window blinds and two revamped serving lines, said Samuel Sansone, Yokota’s food service officer.

The café will remain open until the project is finished about May 10, Sansone said.

The café’s main and snack serving lines are being torn out and replaced one at a time. When both are up and running, Samurai customers will have more meal and snack choices, Sansone said. Additions to the lines include an ice cream freezer, a soft-serve ice cream station, a meat-carving station and a deli sandwich bar.

Sansone said the money for the project came from Pacific Air Forces fiscal 2003 “fallout” money — or unspent funds. Sansone credited 374th Mission Support Group Commander Col. Mark Correll for helping obtain funding for the project.

“Furnishings in the dining room haven’t been updated for at least 10 years,” he said.

Besides enlisted personnel, the Samurai Café is open to any servicemember at Yokota on temporary duty, as well as retirees on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Samurai Café hours are as follows: weekdays — breakfast 5:30 to 8 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., supper 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; weekends — brunch 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and supper 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The facility also opens daily from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., offering a breakfast and dinner menu.

Call 225-8870 for more information.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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