A pop-up café that is purposely filled with rats (purposely filled with rats!!!!) is about to open, and you can go there if you’d like rodents to crawl on your toes over nice conversation with your friends. ~*DaTe NiGhT aLeRt*~.
The stunt is called the Black Rat Café, and it’s happening at The San Fransisco Dungeon, a California performance hall which takes customers through San Fransisco’s history via a guided tour hosted by professional actors. While the tour typically focuses on events from the Gold Rush to Alcatraz, The Dungeon’s Matthew Clarkson told Eater “the bubonic plague section [of the Dungeon] got us thinking about what we could do with rats.”
And so they decided to go with a rat café, naturally. The website describes the pop-up as an immersive experience where “guests can sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham table clothes … all while being surrounded by rats.” Mmm.
The café is only happening on July 1 and July 8, and tickets cost $50. While it might sound like a ripoff, you do get unlimited coffee, tea, and pastries. All of the food, none which is prepared on site, will be cleared before the rodents are let in, according to Eater.
Clarkson also told Eater there’s no need to alert the authorities, saying, “we’re obviously following all the food code and hygiene requirements.” (Cosmopolitan.com has reached out to the San Fransisco Department of Public Health for comment and will update this post when they respond.)
If the whole experience leaves you feeling excited about rats, you can even go ahead and adopt one. The rodents in The Dungeon are being provided by Rattie Ratz, a California-based rat rescue and adoption agency that started in 1998 and has since housed 250 domestic pet rats.
Clarkson told Eater that rats make for good pets — and that “if looked after, they’re as clean as a cat or a dog.” The more you know!
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