I wonder what killed it. Perhaps the food prices? The food in the cafe is a bit high priced, if they had fairer prices maybe they'd have more returning patrons.
The maid outfits were always the big draw in. Who doesn't like having women in maid outfits, feminists even enjoy them, it fills them with too much joy.
There has been so many events I've covered or written about at Royal/T it's hard to say it was ever boring. From art shows, to that guy from the food channel showing off rare eats. Special pop-up stores like the one for Tron: Legacy.
I remember when they had manga near the cafe/bar are for display. I wonder if you could have read it while drinking some tea or coffee.
Could it have been location? It wasn't to far from Culver City's main street and it was walking distance from dozens of art galleries and places to grab great eats. It's very hard to ponder why it's shutting down after only five years of business.
Sadly, it just drifting away and soon there will be no maid cafe in LA. It will be missed.