Intersect by Lexus, New York City
Adding to the recent slew of experiential restaurants from major consumer brands, Lexus will next year open a 16,500-square-foot restaurant and event space in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The New York outpost of the concept, which has locations in Tokyo and Dubai, will be managed by Danny Meyer’s catering-and-events outfit, Union Square Events, and will feature "a revolving cast of innovative and emerging global chefs," according to Crain’s New York Business.
Revelry; Portland, Ore.
Seattle-based chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are bringing their style of cooking to Portland, Ore., with a soon-to-open spot that takes after—even in name—one of their existing concepts, Revel. The 50-seat Portland restaurant will feature a host of small plates, such as kimchee pancake and pork belly, as well as a DJ booth, Eater says.
Hello Kitty Cafe; Irvine, Calif.
Offering fans of the Hello Kitty franchise a new way to interact with the brand, the Sanrio company last week opened its first Hello Kitty Cafe, a pop-up fast casual serving up pastries, teas and coffee drinks ranging from $4 to $11, USA Today reports. Customers waited nearby for hours on the opening day of the concept, which is set to last a year and will later roll out an expanded menu as well as specialty tea service. The Hello Kitty Food Truck, a precursor to the pop-up, is headed to the East Coast this fall.
Pondicheri, New York City
James Beard-nominated chef Anita Jaisinghani this month opened an NYC outpost of her Houston restaurant Pondicheri. The new 5,000-square-foot spot serves as a cafe during daytime hours and is set to add a more formal dinner service in a matter of weeks, Eater says, with a branded pastry counter that's open all day. The Indian restaurant also serves a fully meat-free menu on Mondays in an effort to lessen its environmental impact.