What's In Store

Charlotte’s first cat café targets a mid-summer opening

You’ve probably seen lots of dogs in Charlotte breweries. But cats in a Charlotte café? That will be a new thing.

Charlotte’s first “cat café,” called Mac Tabby, is targeting a mid-summer opening in either Plaza Midwood or NoDa, according to owner Lori Konawalik, a local mom, cat lover and wedding photographer.

Konawalik says details of the lease are still being ironed out, so she declined to share Mac Tabby’s location. But she has an investor and a business plan, and says things are progressing quickly.

You can’t bring your own cat to Mac Tabby – rather, the cafe will have 10-15 cats in need of attention and adoption. The café will serve coffee, wine and local beers, and the plan is to have food trucks outside, too. Konawalik says she envisions Mac Tabby as a community gathering spot for local artists, musicians and yogis and more.

The concept of Mac Tabby is a bit like Crumbs & Whiskers, which has cat cafés in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

“We want to make it more of a destination where you can pull out a guitar and stay a while,” Konawalik says. “Music, yoga, guitars and cats – can’t go wrong with that.”

Of course, there will also be some details to work out with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Konawalik says. Guests will pay by the hour and are encouraged to make reservations, though walk-ins are welcome, according to the café’s website.

“We want to keep our cat to human ratio equivalent so our cats don’t get stressed and customers get ample cat time while visiting,” Konawalik says.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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