Hello Kitty restau­rants draws fans

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - KHIN WYNE PHYU PHYU kinewine­phyu­phyu@mm­times.com

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

Photos: Thiri Lu

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.

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