Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty, announces the opening of the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Grand Cafe on September 14, 2018.
Housed within the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, CA, this marks the Hello Kitty Cafe brand’s first-ever cafe concept offering Hello Kitty Cafe favorites and new Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Service programs. The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is the first and only permanent cafe in the U.S. featuring dual experiential spaces – a fast casual cafe setting open to the public and a separate private room for reservation-only afternoon tea program and cocktail service.
Guests can pop in and out for a sweet treat at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe with grab and go seating for up to 12 people. In addition to the popular Hello Kitty Cafe menu offerings, exclusive new menu additions include made-to-order mini hot donuts (cinnamon sugar; matcha; cookies n’ cream, $6 per cup) and a pick-your-own 4pc set of Sanrio character mini cakes ($15).
The surprise and delight continues with The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe – a hidden reservations-only pink oasis with modern, sleek Hello Kitty-branded fixtures and a refined finish throughout, pouring afternoon tea by day, and cocktail service by night.
With a bow-shaped knocker marking the entrance, The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe will offer exclusive, reservation-only experience for fans. An Afternoon Tea Service ($55 per person; by reservation only) –available Wednesdays through Sundays.
In the evening, The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe will become a cocktail bar for guests aged 21 and up from 5:00 p.m. nightly (Wednesdays – Sundays; by reservation only). Cocktail Service will include an assortment of adult libations with a Hello Kitty twist including You Had Me at Hello (Cachaca, aperol, lemon, sherry and pineapple, $21); Matcha Matcha (Japanese whiskey, yogurt, matcha, yuzu, $15); Dear Daniel (Mezcal, pineapple, lime, spirulina, salted coconut whip, $16); and 1974 ( choice of an Old Fashion or Classic Negroni served with a signature Hello Kitty ice cube, $14).
“Hello Kitty Cafe is an integral extension of the Hello Kitty brand as we continue to evolve and diversify our consumer touchpoints,” said Craig Takiguchi, COO of Sanrio, Inc. “As the first brick-and-mortar cafe concept of its kind in the U.S., Hello Kitty Grand Cafe combines our signature fast-causal setting with an all-new immersive dining experience through our Afternoon Tea Service for guests of all ages and Cocktail Service that caters to our adult fans. We look forward to debuting the latest evolution of Hello Kitty Cafe as a new destination in Southern California.”
“We’re very excited to welcome the first brick and mortar Hello Kitty Cafe in the U.S. at Irvine Spectrum Center,” said Katie Dixon, Director of Marketing at Irvine Spectrum Center. “This is another example of how we provide our customers with a unique opportunity with an iconic brand they can’t experience anywhere else.”
Within the Hello Kitty Cafe brand, there are currently four concepts for Hello Kitty food/beverage service in the U.S. market. In addition to Hello Kitty Grand Cafe, additional concepts include:
- The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is a supercute sweets dispensary on wheels. There are two Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks that travel across the U.S. – one on the East Coast, one on the West Coast. The adorable pink trucks offer guests a limited selection of sweet treats, as well as a bow-shaped water bottle, t-shirts, mugs, and signature bow-shaped headbands. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been on the road since 2014.
- The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container and Hello Kitty Mini Cafe are both limited engagement concepts, set within a mall or lifestyle center. The menu at each includes seasonal sweets, flavored iced teas and coffee drinks; providing guests with delicious treats in a fast-casual setting. The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container is housed within a pink metal shipping container with an adorable pop out patio scattered with bistro tables. The Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up Container opened at Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine, CA) in 2016, and was recently re-located to Fashion Valley mall in San Diego, CA in Spring 2018.
- The Hello Kitty Mini Cafe made its debut at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, in late 2017, as a stand- alone kiosk; a second location opened in June 2018 at Santana Row in San Jose, CA – considered to be the Silicon Valley’s premiere destination for shopping, dining, living and more.
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