Monday, April 11, 2022

A Cat Cafe May Be Coming to Beacon Hill

Several years ago, the city of Boston saw its very first cat cafe debut, though it shut down permanently after a couple of years in business. Now it looks like another cat cafe may be on its way, with this one coming to another part of the city.

According to a message sent from local writer Megan Johnson, signs have been posted at a storefront in Beacon Hill saying that "A Sanctuary Cafe" with "coffee, books & cats" is on its way to Charles Street, with a second sign describing what exactly a cat cafe is. Based on the picture sent to us, it appears that the cat cafe might be moving into a building across from The Sevens, between Pinckney Street and Mt. Vernon Street, and the first sign mentions that the place plans to open sometime this summer.

PURR Cat Cafe, which opened on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton in 2017, was a place where people could hang out with adoptable shelter cats while bringing in food or beverages; the cafe shut down in late 2019.

[October 12 update: A Beacon Hill Times article mentions that Beacon Hill resident and prospective cat cafe owner Brittany Baker talked about the cafe in a virtual abutters meeting in late September, saying that the two-story business at 80 Charles Street would include a cafe, bookstore, and an upper and lower "cat lounge" in a space that had formerly been home to a bank. Baker states that the bookstore and cafe would be free to enter and separate from the areas with cats, while the cat lounge would have 10 "resident cats" and require reservations with an hourly rate--and it wouldn't offer pet adoptions or allow customers to bring their own pets. (Thanks to Universal Hub for bringing this to our attention.)]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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