在圣路易斯 有猫咪陪你喝咖啡
圣路易斯第一家猫咪咖啡屋开幕

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【圣路易时报讯】圣路易斯第一家猫咪咖啡屋 Mauhaus Cat Cafe 11月12日在3101 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood开幕了。这间有可爱猫咪陪伴的精致咖啡屋将受到此间爱猫人士的喜爱。到了这里可以有15到20只不同品种可爱的猫咪陪伴你喝咖啡、吃甜点、用下午茶、用餐等,别有一番情调。

最早的猫咪咖啡屋Cat Cafe源自台湾台北市,随即风行亚洲,美国第一家猫咪咖啡屋于2014年在加州Oakland市开张。

圣路易斯Mauhaus猫咪咖啡屋的主人Ben Triola和Dana Huth夫妇2014年圣诞节到泰国旅游时发现了这样有特色的咖啡屋,回美后就想在圣路易斯也开一家,经过一年多的准备好努力,终于梦想成真。

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今年三月,他们发起了一个筹款(Kickstarter)活动,预计筹募开创基金一万五千元,想不到在数日之内就有来自全世界925位爱猫人士出资,募得三万六千一百四十七元,投资这间占地一千四百平方呎之猫咪餐厅,开店过程非常顺利。店里分互连的两部份,有饮食区和猫咪区。

La Cosecha和Traveling Tea将全程提供这间猫咪咖啡屋各式饮料,内含薄荷、蓬蒿Basil、香料等特别之Mauhaus茶。菜单部分则有各式食物和素食。 Triola说我们开的是一间精品咖啡馆,不是流浪猫收容所。

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至于猫咪咖啡屋卫生问题,Triola夫妇说圣路易斯郡卫生局并没有给他们特别的难题,一切还算可以。

Mauhaus猫咪咖啡屋营业时间周二到周日上午十一时到晚间八时,欢迎事先预约,临时造访恐需等候,线上预约费用10元,但可用于店内消费用,不同一般的猫咪店, Mauhaus不是以小时收费的。

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Fur real: Cat cafe to open this weekend
Nov 9, 2016, 1:37pm CST

Those of a certain feline purrsuasion will now have a special place to gather when Mauhaus Cat Cafe opens Saturday in Maplewood. Mauhaus, at 3101 Sutton Blvd., is St. Louis’ first permanent cat cafe.

cat5The Mauhaus Cat Cafe in Maplewood is a cat cafe set to open November 12, 2016.

It gained massive attention after owners Ben Triola, 31, and Dana Huth, 28, launched a Kickstarter in March asking for $15,000. Within days, the couple’s Kickstarter raised $36,147 from 925 backers from around the world. Total investment of their 1,400-square-foot space that’ll be home to 10 to 15 cats was not disclosed. Triola and Huth own the property.

Mauhaus will be divided into two sides, separated by an entranceway with double doors, with one side serving drinks and baked goods and the other featuring cats adoptable through Tenth Life Cat Rescue.

La Cosecha and Traveling Tea will supply the cafe’s drinks, including a custom Mauhaus tea that has mint, basil and yes — even catnip. The cafe developed its own menu that features a variety of global-inspired foods and vegan options.

“It’s a boutique cafe that has cats. It’s not a cat shelter,” Triola said.

The cafe will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Reservations are strongly recommended with limited walk-in availability. Reservations are made online and are $10, which will go toward a guest’s food and beverage purchase. And unlike other cat cafes, Mauhaus does not charge by the hour.

Triola and Huth said they had no unusual hurdles from the St. Louis County Department of Health to open a cat cafe.

“Without a doubt, we knew we wanted to open in Maplewood,” Triola said. “Immediately they were very receptive.”

It helped that the couple already owned a business in Maplewood, software design company Rampant Interactive, Huth said.

“They already knew us and knew what we were capable of,” she said.

Cat cafes began in Taiwan in 1998 and are popular throughout Asia. The first American cat cafe opened in Oakland, California, in 2014. Triola and Huth first visited a cat cafe while in Thailand on Christmas 2014.

“Even when we were there, we were like ‘This is too awesome to not have when we go home,’” Huth said. “Once we got back, we started planning it. It’s been a longtime coming.”

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