Hello Kitty restaurants draws fans
ONE of Japan’s most famous cats has come to Yangon, and already, she has landed on two feet. The brainchild of Japanese creator Yuko Shimizu, Hello Kitty has charmed fans around the world since 1974.
Today Hello Kitty can be found waving to fans off Waizayandar Road in Thingangyun township at February 6, a Hello Kitty-themed cafe which opened one year ago.
A pink-and-black decorated teenage dream world, February 6 is the first Hello Kitty-themed shop of its kind in Yangon. From the tables decorated with flower pots to the keychains, toys, water bottles, extension cords and sandwich sets sold as accessories, everything in the cafe bears the official Hello Kitty logo.
Fans from far and wide come to take selfies more often than they do to have a meal, says Cherry, the restaurant manager. However, hungry patrons will find a variety of unique foods and drink – European, Malaysian, Thai, and other Asian foods as well as fresh coffee and cocktails.
“The European foods are prepared by a professional chef,” Ma Cherry said. “Though it is a Hello Kittythemed restaurant, we want to serve the best food and provide people with a quiet, affordable place to meet up and have a coffee.”
The owner of the restaurant, a Chinese woman who Cherry said wished to remain anonymous, is a young entrepreneur and an avid Hello Kitty fan. After visiting a Hello Kittythemed restaurant abroad, she opened up the first Hello Kitty restaurant in Tachileik in eastern Shan State last September. After the success of the café, she decided to open a sister store in Yangon last October with the ultimate goal of creating a familyfriendly restaurant for Hello Kitty fans and young people.
“We also give services to people who want to surprise their significant other with a cute, romantic theme,” Ma Cherry said.
From the youngest fans to couples out on dates to die-hard Hello Kitty collectors, February 6 will surely delight all who enter.
Hungry patrons will find Malaysian and Thai foods from K10,000 to K20,000 and coffees from K2000 to K4000. Hello Kitty fans of all kinds will find an affordable, delightful atmosphere. Accessory prices range from K500 to K100,000 for whatever Hello Kitty toy is missing from one’s collection.
February 6 is in front of Aung Yadanar Hospital and can be found at 33 Waizayandar Road, just above Orange Supermarket if you’re heading from Tarmwe.
Translation by Khant Lin Oo
A rice and curry dish is decorated to resemble a Hello Kitty face. Dessert, in the form of a brownie and a latte, comes with Hello Kitty dolls as decoration.