NYC Is Getting Its First Dog Cafe, Because Everything Is Better With Dogs
Something to wag your tail about!
Get ready, dog lovers on the East Coast: the first-ever dog cafe is opening in New York City in just a few short months. In December 2017, canines and their human companions will be able to enjoy the dog-friendly “coffee shop and community space” called Boris & Horton.
Located in the East Village of lower Manhattan, Boris & Horton is named after the two dogs, a pitbull mix and terrier mix, who belong to the cafe’s dad-and-daughter co-owners.
Here are the cafe’s namesakes below on Boris & Horton’s Facebook page. Awww!
According to Grub Street, people can bring their dogs to the cafe and have a Boris & Horton employee watch the pups in the other room while the humans enjoy a cup of coffee, glass of wine, pastry, or sandwich.
As required by the Health Department, there will be a glass partition separating the dog-romping area from the food-serving area. But patrons are free to go back and forth between the two areas.
Coppy Holzman, the dad half of the duo, told Well + Good, “It’s basically going to someone’s nice living room with your dog, and it’s adjacent to a place where you can get all your food and coffee.” The Holzman family also has plans to hold dog adoption events at the space.
This dog cafe will be somewhat different from cat cafes, which are popular in Japan, and have been popping up over the U.S. in recent years. At many cat cafes, the felines lounging around the premises are available for adoption. In this regard, Boris & Horton is more like a pet-friendly restaurant.
The very first dog cafe in the U.S., Los Angeles’ the Dog Cafe, opened earlier this year and similar to cat cafes, the pups at the Dog Cafe are up for adoption.
A dog cafe is a boon for NYC, where dog lovers are often restricted from owning canine companions due to rental rules. That’s why Boris & Horton is welcoming to non-dog owners, too, and encourages them to come hang out with other people’s dogs.
Holzman says, “What we found is, a lot of people like dogs and because of their circumstances can’t have one — so this is a dog-friendly place.” There’s never too much doggie love to go around, right?