After years of planning, permits, and fundraising campaigns, Minnesota's first cat cafe is finally a sure thing.
On Wednesday, the folks behind Cafe Meowannounced that Minneapolis has given final approval to their plans, allowing construction to go forward on their Uptown store space.
This comes just a few weeks after they signed a lease on the property, which is on Hennepin Avenue.
The renovation on the shop will likely include installing a solid separation between the cafe portion and the area where the cats hang out – a health code requirement.
It's not clear how long this will take, but the cafe says it will "provide an informed estimate on our opening" as construction nears completion. In the meantime, they're inviting donations to help the process along; anyone interested in contributing can do so at Kickstarter.
The good news comes after years of ups and downs for the trio behind the project. They originally set out on their quest in October 2015, hoping to jump on the growing trend of the cat-friendly coffee shop, which started in Japan and is now spreading across the U.S.
Despite some good publicity, the team ran into some trouble with city zoning laws, and earlier this year, had an investor pull out at the last minute.
But things are officially back on track, and Cafe Meow will be hosting a "kickoff party" on Monday, Nov. 13 at Bryant Square Park, according to an email news release. The event, which runs from 5-7 p.m., will include coffee, snacks, and a raffle.
By the way, if you're wondering exactly how the cat cafe will work, it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. According to the website, you'll be able to walk in, order a coffee, and then lounge with the cats in a separate area.
Most of the furry little guys will be available for adoption.