Learn more about the cafe by reading the frequently asked questions below. If you have any more questions, please go to our contact page and send us a message. You can also send us a message on Facebook or @ us on Twitter!
Where are you located?
Nowhere yet. We are looking for a location in Minneapolis near the U of M. Keep up to date with our progress by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you subscribe (see footer to subscribe now), we will send you emails whenever there is a big development in our process
When are you opening?
We will be opening by Fall 2017.
I Would Like to be a Part of This… How Can I Get Involved?
You can help out or be a part of The Cafe Meow by reaching out to us. Please look at the options on the Get Involved page. We love to hear from you.
Can I bring my cat?
No, but you can possibly take one home by adopting through one of our local shelter partners.
Having cats walking around a restaurant just doesn’t seem smart or sanitary?
We agree with you 100%. Good thing The Cafe Meow will consist of two main rooms separated by a door so that the cats are in one place and the foodstuffs in another.
So you’re telling me that it’s legally acceptable to have animals in a building where food is being prepared?
That seems to be the case! However, The Cafe Meow will not be serving meals nor will we be preparing any food onsite. We will partner with a local bakery or patisserie and have fresh treats delivered.
Will there be a fee to enter the Cat Room?
Yes. We promise there are good reasons for this including: paying the Cat Host, feeding our cats, and making sure that the space is continuously a relaxing and safe environment for cats and people.
What about people that are allergic to cats?
We imagine that people with allergies know their situations well enough to make an informed decision as to whether or not the cat cafe experience is right for them.
I think the Minneapolis Department of Health will have some strong opinions about this… I doubt this will work.
We addressed this quite some time ago. We have spoken with Zoning, Licensing, Planning, and Health Department employees to make sure that this is legally possible. Spoiler alert: All systems are go.
Don’t you think the cats will knock over everybody’s beverages?
People that opt to enjoy their drink on the coffee shop side have nothing to worry about here. As for anybody who is going to bring their drink into the cat room, they will be responsible for keeping an eye on it.
What about people with service dogs?
This is something we haven’t developed a full protocol around at this time. Know that we are keeping it in mind and that we will do our best to make The Cafe Meow accessible to all.
Will you have options for people who don’t like coffee and tea? Will you serve alcohol?
Selections will be limited but they will be there. We will NOT be serving alcohol.
Can I bring my children in the cat lounge?
Yes! Kids under 12 must be supervised by an adult. And children under 3 are Free.
What about cat scratches and bites?
1. We will be individually selecting cats based on how friendly and compatible they are with people and other cats. Cat scratches and bites for no reason should be a rare occurrence indeed.
2. We assume that anybody entering the cat room understands the risk of scratch or nip associated with cats and will takes steps to minimize such risk. (i.e. not picking up a cat if you don’t know how to properly hold one, not putting your hand between a cat and a toy that said cat is being particularly feisty with, etc.)
3. With all that being said, you are choosing to enter a room with cats therefore we are not liable for any cat related injuries.