The owners of the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge could open as early as next week in Bucktown as they wait for city approvals. City officials are trying to figure out how to regulate cat cafes, and they’re prohibiting food preparation, fearful of how animals interact on premises. But Windy Kitty have a solution — they’re partnering with Gallery Cafe, the coffee shop up the street at 1760 W. North Avenue.
Customers could order a coffee or pastry at Windy Kitty, 1746 W. North Avenue, and they’ll be prepared over at Gallery and brought to the cat cafe. This way Windy Kitty will be able to offer food and coffee without violating any city ordinances. So far, the only cat cafe license holder in Chicago is The Catcade, a Lakeview retro-gaming spot that can only serve drinks. Windy Kitty made the announcement about the partnership with Gallery Cafe on Instagram.
Did you miss our IG story about our partnership? Yes!? Well here's the scoop! As it stands Chicago is a wee bit slow on getting with the whole cat cafe deal. None of us can have a separate room with the coffee, tea, desserts, etc that you so crave at a cat "cafe!" Soooo how did we fix that? We will operate as a cat lounge and have partnered with Gallery Cafe @gallerycafechi just a few doors down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They will have in house roasted coffee, some pastries, a variety of other drinks available to YOU! You'll come in, make an order at The Windy Kitty and it'll be brought down by awesome Gallery Cafe peeps in no time! Problem solved! Just a short time away and we will see you awesome people in there sippin on coffee, petting some cats and smiling away☺️ We cannot wait❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #chicago #creativesolutions #cats #coffee #catpeople #chicagocats #windykitty #windycity #ilovemycat #chitownlove
Having experienced baristas, instead of relying on a janky break room coffee machines, is also a plus. They’re working on some adorable latte prints. If all goes well, the cats — from Alive Rescue in Roscoe Village — could arrive over the weekend, said co-owner Jenny Tiner. If customers can’t wait, they can at least get a coffee with a cat print before the opening at Gallery Cafe. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.
A Catfe Latte! Last nite @gallerycafechi we did some test prints on lattes for the cat cafe and my little Logan made a successful print! Eugene dubs this "The Clooney" and you, yes you will be able to have one at The Windy Kitty! Can't wait until we open to try one? Head on over to The Gallery Cafe at 1760 W North Ave and get one today! @madebycleo the bow tie you made that he was sporting, sealed the deal! #cat #cats #catfelatte #bowtie #catswithbowties #catcafe #community #commeownity #coffee #excited #chicago #chicagocats #ilovemycat #catmom #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #catsofig @jennymilkowski #catlatte