BY YASIR ALHUMAIDAN | APRIL 4, 2016
Last weekend, Monroe Street in Madison saw the official grand opening of its very first cat cafe business – a first of its kind for Wisconsin.
Cat Cafe Mad is located on the 1900 block on Monroe Street. There is a $10 cover charge at the door that includes a drink and playtime with their 15 cats.
“This is a great place to study,” said café owner Cheryl Glover.”Cat Café Mad is designed for college students who miss their cats.”
Glover first got the idea for Cat Café Mad when she visited her daughter in South Korea. The first place they went to together on her trip was a cat cafe. From there, Glover and her kids began to put together the idea of opening a nonprofit café that fosters cats and helps with adoption.
“Cat Café Mad is not a real coffee house, there is no barista,” Glover said – as a health department requirement of operating such a business is to have the drinks stored separately from the rest of café. “If we put a barista in, the health department would not let us open. We have caged coffee available, but it needs to be kept separate.”
The idea of Cat Cafe Mad is to get down on the floor and play with the cats. Glover says that their target audience is college students and senior citizens, but also anyone who loves playing with cats. The cafe will be hosting weekly events as well, which will be announced on their Facebook page: Cat Cafe Mad.
Glover goes on to say that they “can’t do adoption. We are a coffee shop. But, we are fostering [the]cats and they are up for adoption.”
Cat Café Mad operates a webcam of their store available at: Cat Webcam!