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Hello, Kitty

Rebecca Flint Marx | October 6, 2014 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

Popular throughout Japan and parts of Europe, cat cafés have yet to make much of a mark in this country (thanks in no small part to our pesky health codes). But the concept—drink coffee, cavort with felines—has proved irresistible enough to Bay Area cat fanciers that we now have not one but two such establishments in the works.

Located in Uptown Oakland, the Cat Town Café is the brainchild of Ann Dunn and Adam Myatt. The pair are working with a cat behaviorist to design a feline-friendly environment for the cats, all of which will be available for adoption. Of course, the cats will be kept separate from the food and drink, which will be supplied by local vendors like Bicycle Coffee and Authentic Bagel Co. The café is expected
to open October 25. 2869 Broadway (at 29th St.)

In Hayes Valley, cat enthusiasts Courtney Hatt, David Braginsky, and Benjamin Stingle are on a “mission to build a space that is part gourmet teahouse, part cat and human oasis.” That space, KitTea, will offer tea and snacks in an area separate from the cat lounge. The trio of owners, who are partnering with two local cat rescue groups, plan to open in December. 96 Gough St. (at Page St.)

Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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