Seattle Meowtropolitan has been playing coy with us for a while. In fact, you could say they've been playing "cat and mouse" with the entire city on when their cat cafe will open.
Too corny? Fine, we'll stop right meow :)
But finally, after much fundraising, location scouting, partner acquiring and merch purchases - the Wallingford cafe is officially open!
Soft opening is this week, with reservations starting tonight (December 15). The official grand opening is December 26, 2015.
If you have no idea what we're talking about, let us catch you up to date. Over a year ago (November 2014), rumors started to abound that Seattle was getting a cat cafe. Popular in Oakland, Los Angeles and even New York City; these café's are popping up all over the country. They're not only a place for cat enthusiasts to come cuddle with some furry friends, but they act as mini adoption centers as well.
At first opening was going to be June 2015; then it was pushed to August, and for a while there we thought maybe it just wasn't in the cards for our city.
Matt Lai, co-founder of Seattle Meowtropolitan, told us that it was more confusing than they originally thought.
"Because we will have a large group of animals in our space, we have to find a space that is compliant with municipal land use regulations regarding the sheltering of animals," said Lai.
But they filed what they needed, raised the additional funds that their original IndieGoGo campaign failed to, and partnered with Regional Animal Services of King County.
Cats inside the cafe will be fostered from RASKC, who offer animal services to 25 cities and unincorporated King County.
"The ultimate goal is to increase awareness for animal issues RASKC works to solve," said the cafe's blog. They'll be housing between 10-15 cats at a time in their cafe that customers can adopt on their way out.
One of the biggest comments we've gotten since writing about this cafe is kind of funny: "I don't want cat hair in my coffee!"
Calm, little children, calm. The cats will be in a separate room from the cafe. You don't have to go in there unless you want to (although; why would you choose at cat cafe to get coffee if you don't like cats....just saying).
Because of the anticipated popularity, Lai and his co-founders are utilizing a reservation system for the immediate future. Visit them online or in person (1225 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103) to make a rezzie for yourself.