Nearly a year after plans for a cat cafe in the city of Boston, Le Chat Noir, were laid to rest for good, new plans to open such an establishment have evolved. A cat cafe called PURR is already in the works, and the mastermind behind it is working to secure a location to share the full wealth of cats with New England.
Diane Kelly has spent the last year building up plans for PURR and already has more than 700 followers on Facebook. Her concept involves a partnership with a local cat shelter. Patrons will pay to visit the cafe, where the cats will live and will be up for adoption.
Kelly will not make any food or drinks at PURR but will forge a partnership with a local bakery or restaurant, she told Eater in an email. "Runners" will pick up and deliver the food to patrons of the cat cafe. Kelly is working to secure a location and has two possibilities in the pipeline, one in Boston and one in Cambridge.
If she gets approval for the cat cafe, it will be open seven days a week, and Kelly plans to give 10 percent of profits to the partner shelter once she gets her return on investment.
Kelly will also host a variety of events at PURR, including "paint and sip nights, yoga, movie nights, speed dating, cat welfare lectures, etc.," she told Eater, and she will set aside times where she will offer free visits to PURR for groups such as senior citizens, autistic children, family members of critically ill patients that are staying in Boston Hospitals, and more.
Kelly is working to acquiring the proper zoning and permitting permissions for the cafe and told Eater she has the support of Boston's health board and Mayor Marty Walsh. Stay tuned for details on a final location for PURR.
Update 5/23: Kelly was pursuing a location in Central Square, but the landlord declined the application for PURR, "as the condo association does not approve of the use of the space for felines," she told Eater in an email.
However, her quest for a location will go on, and Kelly plans to offer a $2,500 finders fee for anyone who can help find a location PURR can call home. She has shared more details on the PURR Facebook page.