Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn, the founders of Oakland's Cat Town Cafe
San Francisco magazine has already raised a number of very serious concerns about commodification, ageism, and non-union exploitation at San Francisco's planned cat cafe. We're now adding another worry to that list: The damn things are spreading everywhere.
By this time next month, we expect the kitten coffee shop model to have landed in Red Hook, Brooklyn, have been the subject of a fawning article in the New York Times Style section (Headline: Single, Tabby Female Seeks Date for Tea, Must Love Mice), a plot point on an episode of Girls, and the inevitable target of hipster backlash after Peet's Coffee announces plans for a nation-wide Manx and Mochas franchise.
But that's all in the future. Let's talk about Oakland.
According to the Express, the Oakland venture is the brainchild of Adam Myatt, an Oakland musician and Ann Dunn, the founder and president of local rescue organization Cat Town. They say that the timing of the two cat tea rooms is coincidental. They're calling it Cat Town Cafe. Pet Food Express has offered to cover their rent. Unlike KitTea, which hopes to provide a home for stray cats on-site, the Oakland group hopes to facilitate adoptions. The Oakland cat cafe will also feature a play area for the cats that includes a miniature skyline of the city. The group is focused on finding a location in Uptown Oakland and plans to open by the summer. They also have an indiegogo campaign.
In related news, the coffee shop around the corner from our office remains feline-free at press time.