It was a year in the making, but we knew what we were talking about when predicting the future location of that
cat's girl's brick-and-mortar. Okay, not really a brick, nor mortar. They would've been silly not to select Irvine or Costa Mesa as a starting point.
The stylish shipping container is having some finishing touches done before it can be released to its dedicated fan base. But you can bet they'll be ready to go in early December. Oh, and don't worry. Hello Kitty Cafe is expected to remain there past the holiday season.
Sanrio's quick service spot is an ode to pink, with many of the sweet offerings the lonchera previously served. For those seeking something hot: Portola's locked in for coffee, while afternoon tea will be an option. On a side note, menu expansion of the savory and sweet kind is definitely in the works– (as they've been in talks with at least two previous On the Line subjects) likely for their eventual, more permanent locale.
Jonesing for a Hello Kitty fix? Check out our slideshow from their first appearance at Irvine Spectrum. High five to the powers that be at corporate for including our wish for a My Melody appearance. May we pretty please add Gudetama to that kawaii lineup? Thanks!
The future location of Hello Kitty Cafe will be by the Giant Wheel at Irvine Spectrum.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.