The bow-wearing Japanese cartoon cat is coming to a mall near you
The Hello Kitty truck is returning for its annual dose of cute overload, bringing oodles of branded snacks and merchandise to the Stonestown Galleria parking lot on Saturday, May 19. From 10 a.m.-8 p.m. fans can line up for giant cookies, pocket pies (?!), bow-shaped water bottles, keychains, and more. The sassy pink truck will be parked near the Olive Garden on Saturday, then head to Pleasanton (near the Cheesecake Factory, which makes more sense) on May 26, and Walnut Creek (by Macy’s, whatever) on June 2.
Magritte-inspired beer is headed to Seven Stills’s new taproom
More than anything, SFMOMA’s new Magritte exhibit has inspired food and drink throughout the city. It’s ample opportunity to riff off of Rene Magritte’s surrealist works, like this cocktail at In Situ, and now the Son of Hop — a Belgian-style beer in honor of the show’s opening on Saturday, May 18, and named after the artist’s “The Son of Man.”
Palio is flipping the script in the FiDi
The Financial District restaurant is closing on May 28 and plans to reopen in August with a new look and menu. The dining room is slimming down to 70 seats from 120, and the Sacramento Street-facing dining room will be become a bar and lounge. Pizza and pasta become the menu’s focus, and the charcuterie cart will return, says Tablehopper.
Sajj is opening a second location
The Mediterranean fast casual concept is moving into the Financial District, with a location at 88 Belden Place (formerly Brindisi Cucina di Mare). It’s opening soon, says Hoodline, and will serve its build-your-own meal menu of falafel, hummus, and pita.