Care to share a cup of coffee with rats?
Whilst establishments do their best to rid their commercial space of rodents, a new café in San Francisco, California opened on the 1st of July 2017, offering their customers pastries, coffee, tea and…playtime with rats.
The Rat Café is hosted inside The San Francisco Dungeon, a tourist attraction that gives visitors a glimpse of the city’s dark past, from Alcatraz to the Gold Rush.
The Dungeon’s employees were the ones who came up with the concept of the $50 breakfast, after pondering the venue’s section on the early 20th century’s Black Death.
“We tell the story of the [bubonic] plague here in San Francisco, and we really thought we wanted to do something special for the summer,” the Dungeon’s Matthew Gunter said.
“Let’s bring the rats to life, let guests actually get a chance to get up close and personal with rats, of course, plague-free rats,” he said.
The café began with two breakfast sessions, with dozens of visitors coming in for food, drinks and interaction with about 6-8 rats. More breakfasts may be planned in the near future, the venue said.
The tickets for both July 1 and 8 breakfast sessions were sold out in less than an hour, Krissi Reeves, a spokeswoman for the Dungeon, said.
“The rats are pretty darn cute and the people who purchased tickets, I think they have already decided that they’re gonna like the rats and not be too scared,” she said.
Rattie Rats, a nonprofit organisation in California that helps pet rats find a home, provided the café’s rats.
“They love to be petted, they’re very affectionate. They’re way more affectionate than any small animal I know,” Jennifer Girgar of Rattie Rats said.
You can’t spill your secrets here! Welcome to The Rat Cafe in San Francisco. (2 July 2017).