Pups usually get all the cafe fun, but New Yorkers have saved some coffee for the kitties. In one of the most Internet-anticipated cafe openings in NYC since Dominique Ansel's cronut shop, Purina One's pop-up Cat Cafe takes pet friendly to the next level, with cat'achinos aplenty.
Populated with sixteen outrageously squeal-inducing adoptable cats from the North Shore Animal League, the Cat Cafe has everything your tabby could want in a downtown hotspot: multiplatformed towers, little mouse things on sticks, and All The Pats. You can take Duchess, Zander or Sushi to a good home after you've chilled out together over free pastries and cat'achinos with feline face latte art. Photos and bios of the adoptable fuzzies are framed proudly on the walls, or you can meet the crew over here.
Sitting at 168 Bowery in lower Manhattan, the pop-up Cat Cafe is open from today for four days until April 27. Taking home a Health Department Sanitary Inspection Grade of "A", the cafe sits in its own space sectioned off from the kitty hang zone and can hold up to 65 cat-loving punters. Sure to follow the lead of Every Other NYC Opening, queues are expected down the block and to be solidly represented on Instagram. Nothing stops a New Yorker from lining up.
Purina's Niky Roberts told Gothamist that the cat food company wanted to raise awareness of feline health issues and get some furry faces adopted in the meantime, simultaneously promoting their healthy cat food. With no other plans to open another cat cafe at present (or one in Australia, dayum), Purina are open to the possibility. For everyone not in NYC sipping cat'achinos and making buds with Duchess, it's going to be on Livestream a la Pandacam.
Images by Tod Seelie.
Published on April 24, 2014 by Shannon Connellan