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Brace for the Korean BarbieQ and Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Ups in Denver This Week

One is an immersive art installation with Korean barbecue, the other a mobile ode to Sanrio’s iconic character

Korean BarbieQ combines dinner, cocktails, and a Barbie art installation
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For a very specific set of adult diners, these two pop-up food events are a thing that’s happening. Later this week, Korean BarbieQ and The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck both make appearances in Denver. The latter is a decked-out van selling giant Kitty-themed cookies and petit fours. The former is an immersive art installation featuring Barbie dolls and Korean barbecue. Okay, one might be more of a family affair, the other an Instagrammer’s playground.

About BarbieQ: “Imagine badass Korean food paired with blow-your mind cocktails in a deconstructed barbie-art installation,” according to the website. Denver chef Bill Espiricueta, who just opened Smōk restaurant at The Source Hotel, is cooking “Korean grilled Barbie legs” (which are frog legs) among other themed specials. Bartender Shawn Campbell will pair cocktails like the Malibu Ken made with bourbon, lemon juice, and pear brandy. The event takes place this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 1414 Larimer Street, with multiple seatings. Tickets cost $75 for dinner and drinks or $20 for a late-night happy hour.

The Hello Kitty Cafe will be parked all day Saturday only at Park Meadows in Lone Tree. In addition to packaged foods, fans can stock up on branded lunch boxes, headbands, and bottled waters. The truck will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information is on Facebook.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at Park Meadows in Lone Tree on Saturday, August 26
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck [official]