Tokyo Burger Shop Sales Skyrocket After President Trump Japan Visit

November 8, 2017 Updated: November 9, 2017

A burger shop in Tokyo is experiencing surging sales after President Donald Trump ate one of its burgers with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Munch’s Burger Shack has two storefronts in Tokyo. These modest burger stands are now a hit after Trump ate a Colby Jack Cheese Burger. News of Trump enjoying the selection led to one of the burger shop locations completely running out of burgers at one point, Sora News reported.

But Trump and Abe didn’t go to the burger shop themselves. Neither did they send someone there to pick up the burgers for them. Instead, they fetched the owner and brought him to the Kasumigaseki Country Club, and he cooked the burgers on location. In characteristic fashion, Trump requested his burger cooked well done.

Trump said that the burger by 40-year-old chef-owner Yutaka Yanagisawa was “very good.” The burgers are made with Angus beef from the United States. The $10 burger is quite a modest contrast when considering former U.S. President Obama ate at a luxurious sushi restaurant with Abe, where a 20-course meal by one of the world’s top sushi chefs costs almost $300.

Munch’s Burger Shack offers a variety of cheese options to top the burger, and the meat is carved, minced, and pounded with hammers all in-house, according to, a site that explores Japan’s burger scene.

After lunch, Trump and Abe played golf alongside the No. 3 ranked pro golfer, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, Mashable reported. Both Abe and Trump had good things to say about the meeting over Twitter.

President Trump arrived in Japan on Nov. 5. He is also visiting China, South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam over the course of the 12-day trip. A big part of the trip is to strengthen the alliance with Japan and the other Asian countries on the tour in the fight to stop the North Korean nuclear threat. The president also hopes to resolve matters related to trade in the region, Reuters reported.