If there’s one lesson we can learn from the brainchild behind Café Meow, it’s if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. After a failed attempt at opening a cat cafe at another location in Minneapolis, the Café Meow team is expecting greater success in the Uptown area. They are excited to announce that they just signed a lease for a ground-level retail space that will be the first cat café in Minnesota.
The unique concept began in countries like Japan and Taiwan, then slowly started popping up in areas of the east and west coasts. The vision was to bring feline lovers together to socialize, enjoy a cup of joe, and socialize with cats. Due to health codes, there are two separate areas in cat cafés: one room is where a customer can purchase their beverage, and if they wish to visit the kitties they have to walk into a second adjoining room. The café will work closely with local animal shelters, so as to increase each cats exposure to the public and chances of getting adopted.
Jessica Burge and Danielle Rasmussen are the two daring and compassionate entrepreneurs that have been fighting to open Café Meow since 2014. Since the other locations weren’t appropriate, when an investor backed out of the plan to the tune of $100,000, the idea was almost left in the dust (or should it be cat box?) When Burge and Rasmussen reached out on social media, they found many smaller investors willing to contribute and see their vision become a reality. It took about two months for 16 investors to invest $95,000, and a great Kickstarter campaign raised $15,000 more. Rasmussen exclaimed, “We never expected that enough people would step up and offer such a resounding level of support.” Only a few more steps are going to be necessary for Café Meow to have its’ official grand opening: a business-license review, and a food plan to be presented to the city. The owners have been working with general contractor Flannery Construction and HAF Architects has worked on designs.