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Cat cafe signs lease for Minneapolis location

The good news comes after a few recent setbacks.

Minnesota's first cat cafe is getting closer to becoming a reality. 

Danielle Rasmussen and Jessica Burge have been trying to open Cafe Meow in Minneapolis for years, and in a Facebook post on Monday they said they've signed a lease for a space on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown. 

They've already had contractors give quotes and an architect finalize the designs of the space, so all they have to do now is submit plans to the city for review and approval, the post says. However, this could take a few months. 

City health codes require that the cafe portion and the area where the cats will be have a solid separation, with City Health Supervisor Ryan Krick telling the Business Journal the city has no concerns with Cafe Meow as long as there's that separation. 

This news comes after some setbacks in recent months, including trouble with city zoning laws and having an investor pull out at the last minute. However, Cafe Meow said other investors quickly stepped up to help get the project back on track. 

The cafe will be similar to the cat cafes that have sprung up in major U.S. cities after becoming hugely popular in Asia. Most of the cats at Cafe Meow will be available for adoption through local rescues, they said on Facebook

You can read more about Cafe Meow here

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