Connoisseurs of all things cat-related, this one's for you. You can now (for the low, low price of a plane ticket to Japan) partake in a Hello Kitty feast at the new Hello Kitty Cafe at which, you guessed it, everything is Hello Kitty-themed. The limited run pop-up cat cafe launched as a collaboration with parent company Sanrio for the fan favorite’s 40th anniversary earlier this month. The restaurant will be dishing up roast chicken, turkey sandwiches, and beef stew, all of which (admittedly) are adorably dressed with the brand’s signature motif. It’s twee enough to kill you, really.
As Eater points out, if this celebration of Sanrio’s finest is located a few thousand miles too far, Plan Check in Los Angeles has been slangin’ this terrible burger with pink cheese. I really thought we’d gone far enough with colored cheese after this awful thing, but truly, we never learn.
Anyway, this is probably a good time as any to mention that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Back in August, anthropologist and author of "Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific” Christine R. Yano told the Los Angeles Times that when preparing for a presentation at the Japanese American National Museum:
I was corrected — very firmly. That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty.
So there you have it. Presumably, the cafe’s first and most esteemed patron will be this woman.