The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is purring (yup) her way to Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, for the first time during her nationwide tour.
To call this truck a cafe might be a bit of a stretch; it sells kitty-themed macaroons, cookies, and pink bow-shaped water bottles. But faithful fans are responding to the hype, creating long lines and waiting hours in cities like Portland and New York. Hello Kitty hashtags caption countless Instagram pictures of fans and their giant pink hair-bows. During other city visits the baked goods sold out quickest, leaving mugs and T-shirts for the late arrivers.
The truck is appearing in conjunction with the Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty EMP museum exhibition, also starting this weekend.The 41-year-old global icon continues to expand–helping to earn her creator's company, Sanrio, $8 billion in 2013. Last year marked the first Hello Kitty Con in L.A. attracting more than 25,000 fans from first graders to their grandmas. Presumably the exhibit—and the truck—will see a significant turnout this weekend, when the Hello Kitty Cafe will be parked near the EMP's north plaza.