Minneapolis’ only cat cafe brings hugs to kittens in New Hope

Cafe Meow, the area’s premier cat cafe, is expanding into New Hope. If construction progresses quickly, its second location, inside the Winnetka Commons shopping center, could open as early as May.

The news comes as the coffee (2323 avenue Hennepin S., deputies. thecafemeow.com) and its neighbors are grappling with the city’s plans to redo Hennepin Avenue, creating potential construction noise issues for cats and removing on-street parking for visitors, cafe owner Jessica Burge said. to Minneapolis / St. Paul’s Business Journal.

The original café, which opened in 2018, is set up in two separate areas. One is a regular cafe serving Bootstrap coffee, Northern Lights tea, and My Sister’s Sweets. Next door, completely separate, is a cat lounge where up to 20 cats are allowed to hang out in the hope of being adopted. (Cats have their own profiles on the cafe’s website.) Those looking for a hug or to spruce up their black winter gear can book time slots to relax alongside the purring companions for a nominal hourly rate.

With the second location, the café space will double to 3,500 square feet, allowing the caffeine and cat hugs to blend together. Cafe Meow is currently working with two rescue groups, No Kitten Left Behind and Ruff Start, but could take more with the increased capacity. Over 400 cats have found a home in the cafe.

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