It’s been a while since we first discovered Vancouver was going to get a magical anime-inspired forest-themed cat cafe, and the Catoro Cafe has released more renderings to show patrons what to expect.
The Totoro-themed concept will be opening at 666 East Broadway, the former location of Mensch Jewish Delicatessen.
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Initially aiming to open in spring 2019, co-owner Nathan Chan tells Daily Hive the new projected opening date will be early summer of this year.
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The space will consist of a cafe and lounge side, and a cat cuddling side, not unlike other cat-centric cafes you may have heard of.
The cafe has put the magical atmosphere and decor they want into the hands of the capable Imagination Corporation, a company that specializes in the design and construction of one of a kind signs and custom environments.
“Their work looks like it’s out of a storybook, like things you’d see in The Hobbit. Think castles and pirate ships,” said Chan.
Besides the fact that this spot will be an incredible opportunity for Instagram photos, the underlying cause is all about the cats.
“The brand we have created with Catoro tells a story of a forest guardian and its companion that are on a mission to rescue the helpless and homeless cats lost within a mysterious forest,” says Chan. “We hope that the story we tell will connect with children and put a more welcoming and approachable narrative around the importance of rescuing animals and adoption. “
Catoro is brought to us by four co-owners, founder Nathan Chan, Luke Mochizuki, Lisa Wong, and Leo Chan, all cat lovers themselves.
Chan wants to emphasize that Catoro’s partnership with the Cat Therapy & Rescue Society (who provides adoptable cats to PetSmart locations across the Lower Mainland) should be something patrons are excited about too.
“A lot of the cat cafes in Asia at more geared toward spending time with cats, no social cause,” says Chan.
Catoro will shine a spotlight on the region’s feline overpopulation problem and its primary goal is to connect as many adoptable cats with loving owners as possible once it opens this summer.