At first glance, a Hello Kitty cafe doesn’t make much sense. After all, the beloved creation of Yuko Shimizu doesn’t even have a way to eat or drink anything. But fans weren’t put off by the Ellisonian horror of having no mouth and yet needing to sip. In fact, quite the opposite. The first ever U.S. Hello Kitty-themed cafe caused hours-long lines and a general freakout among denizens of the internet and meatspace alike.
We have to admit, the pop-up cafe in Irvine, California, seems pretty cute. (And that’s not a word we throw around lightly.)