New Cafe Has Healthy Treats For Sanrio Fans Of All Ages

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - April 21, 2010
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Lori, Leila and Stacy Cambra check out the pastries, cakes and other sugary, Sanrio-inspired delicacies in the glass display case at Sanrio Cafe. Photo by Leah Ball, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sanrio Cafe, the only Sanrio-licensed eatery in the United States, just threw its grand opening at Pearlridge April 10 with an appearance by Hello Kitty, games and special character balloons for the keiki.

Pastry chef Cyrus Goo of Cafe Laufer fame and Sanrio licensee Ben Chow partnered on a menu of pastries, sandwiches, salads and other Sanrio-inspired creations.

“Sanrio and I, we realize that the customer is more sophisticated and wants something different,” explained Chow, who’s worked with Sanrio for 26 years.“We decided to change the business model and bring in food service - Hello Kitty cookies and cake bring more happiness to the customer.”

The 900-square-foot space located on the Downtown second level, next to Sears, was created not only for little girls, but for the entire from $2.95 to $3.95. There are also Hello Kitty-shaped cakes offered in chocolate, coffee and orange flavors.


 

“Sanrio and Hello Kitty are based on cute things and things that little girls get excited about, so I had to be sure that the desserts were cute and would appeal to kids when they saw it,” said Goo.

“This is an evolving stage, and we’re actually going to do more things as we go on. Today we just made bread pudding, and we’re also going to do lemon-curd Key-lime tart, so we’re looking for the right packaging and mold.”

Other menu options include turkey, ham, salami, chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches with Hello Kitty-shaped bread. And there are specialty drinks such as fruit smoothies, espresso drinks, Italian sodas and teas.


“We have lots of good things, and our customers really like it,” said Chow.

“We have exclusive rights from Sanrio, and Cyrus Goo is one of the best pastry chefs.”

To place and order from the menu or for more information, call 486-1888.

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