Update: Is a Cat Café opening in Williamsburg?

Update: Sadly, our suspicions were correct and the Cat Café is not real. The whole thing was done by Bedford + Bowery to promote a newsroom they are opening at that location. If anyone needs comfort I believe there is a lady on North 3rd and Bedford with 14 cats in her apartment. You bring the coffee.

Original post:
Williamsburg resident and frequent photographer Noah Kalina spotted the above sign in a window on Grand St. and Bedford Ave. this morning. Cat cafés are popular in Japan and have recently even come to the UK. Basically they are like a regular coffee serving café, except there are cats everywhere that you can play with. Here’s a video about one that is opening in London:

Who knows if the Williamsburg café is real, but this is Brooklyn so literally nothing would surprise me. If this is successful I’m planning on opening a competing spot simply by bringing a pot of coffee to one of the existing lots filled with stray cats in Williamsburg and charging an entrance fee. Who wants to invest?

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  1. NYC law really prohibits animals in food establishments unless they are service animals, so I wonder how they plan to skirt this law.

    • I wonder if they could get around it by being a shelter that just so happens to look like a cafe and serves coffee.

      • maybe if they just give coffee away for free then it wouldn’t be considered a business as such. i gotta assume they know what they’re doing if they’re opening in such a high-profile spot, but i’ll believe it when i see it.

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