Photo of the Purina cat cafe in NYC courtesy Preston/Eater NY
Purringtons Cat Lounge, Portland's entry in the current arms race to open the country's first permanent cat cafe, is one step closer to reality. Purringtons's founder/fulfiller-of-dreams Kristen Castillo announced today that she's come to terms with the Multnomah County Health Department to nail down the Purringtons menu, a hurdle when your cafe/bar's main draw is the 10 live cats hanging out in the space. "We will now have no restrictions on what food we can offer," Castillo says via email, promising a "small but lovely menu" to pair with beer, wine, and coffee.
Castillo is currently in negotiations for a lease, but in the meantime, has launched an IndieGogo campaign seeking $45,000 for build-out and permitting costs, plus all the toys needed to make the space a "shelter cats' paradise." The space will work in tandem with Oregon's Cat Adoption Team to ensure a good quality of life for the cats — including a "private chill-out room where they can go be along after too much stimulation" — and all participating cats are up for adoption. For the humans: free wi-fi, books, and magazines, although the cafe may switch to a reservations-based system, depending on demand. There's no set timeline for opening yet; more as it becomes available.
· Purringtons Cat Lounge & Cafe [Indiegogo]
· All Previous Cat Cafe Coverage [Eater PDX]