When April Hill finds a location for Happy Tabby Cat Cafe, we will first in line to pay $5 to hang out with a room full of cats.
UPDATE (Dec. 22, 2016): Here’s Where Happy Tabby, Atlanta’s First Cat Café, Is Opening
Anyone who has ever felt the joy of being in a room with 15-20 cats may be elated to know they will be able to do so very soon in Atlanta for five bucks.
April Hill quit her job this past fall with the lofty goal to build Atlanta’s first cat cafe – Happy Tabby Cat Cafe – from the ground up.
“There’s not one in the South and I think Atlanta would be such a great city for one because it’s such a pet-friendly city,” Hill told Creative Loafing.
She hopes to open as soon as this summer. The plan at the moment is to have about one cat per human at any given time – between 15-20 of each.
Some folks may be more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs to eat and drink at a place with 15-20 cats sitting around, but these days Hill is occupying her time with studying up on health code and legal matters to make sure Happy Tabby will be a clean, safe place for humans and cats to enjoy. Guests will not be allowed to pick up the cats.
She will open the establishment in either Poncey-Highland or Downtown Decatur. She has experienced much interest from both locations to open the cat cafe in each respective area. Perhaps Poncey-Highland will change the first part of its name to Pouncey if the cafe will call the neighborhood home.
Hill will launch a kickstarter to help pay for the operation soon, and she has already accumulated some startup capital from “donors around town.”
There will be a 60 minute limit for patrons of the cafe, to make sure everyone will get a turn to hang out with the cats.
All cats will be available for adoption, and Hill has teamed up with Fur Kids Atlanta to cast the cats that will be on rotation.
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