America's first bunny cafe will likely be opening in Minnesota this summer.
Those behind Book Bunny Cafe say "2020 was a challenging and isolating year, so we are determined to combat all this stress with rabbits, reading, and lots of relaxation."
"This rabbit-centric reading hub is the merging of our two favorite things: books and buns. For over a decade, we have been fortunate to welcome many sweet rabbits into our own homes, and we are so excited to share their playful personalities with you at Book Bunny Cafe this summer of 2021," reads a GoFundMe campaign for the business.
The owner of the soon-to-be cafe, Jenn Lien, says a few more obstacles must be overcome before the store is open and on its way to a hoppy ending.
"Our goal is to open cafe doors by September 15th, though we do not yet have a confirmed location for our business. Our team is currently scouting prospective venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul with a strong preference for the former," Lien wrote in an email to Bring Me The News.
"We plan to do a good deal of renovation prior to our opening date, so we’re open to a variety of spaces. However—in classic Catch-22 fashion—we do not yet qualify for our top venues since we have not yet secured a location that helps us generate revenue. In response to this pickle, our team decided to fundraise our startup fees, hence our recently launched GoFundMe page."
As of Sunday morning, the fundraiser hasn't met many eyes, generating just $255 of an $18,000 goal. Anyone can donate to the cause by clicking here.
When the bunny cafe is realized it will feature adoptable bunnies playing in the front of the cafe, as well as in the back where the animals will be free to roam in a secure habitat. Volunteers will clean and care for the rabbits in the cafe.
The bunnies will come from local rabbit rescues, whom the cafe will partner with.
"Our adoption model not only provides these rabbits with loving families, but it also gives our cafe patrons a unique opportunity to meet and interact with our rabbits in a comfortable environment," Lien explains.
What's more is that anyone with a bunny at home can bring them to the cafe and allow them to play, or even meet potential mates.
There are no full-service rabbit cafes in the U.S., though there is one in Vancouver, Canada.