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Siamese Twins: Which Side of the Bay Will Win the Cat Cafe Race? 

Tuesday, Sep 23 2014
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In January, we learned S.F. was getting the cat cafe we never knew it needed. But then, a twist! A second cat cafe promised to duel for our feline affections right across the bridge.

So we waited. And waited. And although San Francisco's KitTea said it hoped to open this summer and Oakland's Cat Town Cafe promised a September opening, we're still waiting for what could be the nation's first permanent place to adopt cats while sipping hot beverages.

Cat Town co-founders Adam Myatt and Ann Dunn say they are now on track to open to the public on Oct. 25, with a soft opening in the interim weeks for the crowdfunding donors who paid roughly $57,000 to see the cafe materialize, and KitTea founder Courtney Hatt expects a December soft opening with a January launch.

Is a transbay cat fight imminent? When Hatt announced her plans a week before Cat Town's Indiegogo campaign launched, "The wind got taken out of our sails," Myatt admits. But he wasn't testy for long.

"We waited til their crowdfunding was done and then we crowdfunded," Hatt says. Adds Dunn, "We definitely have a friendly relationship." And it's not too competitive: "We're all about coffee, and they're all about tea."

Besides, it's all about getting the cats adopted — and, as Hatt puts it, "It's a good way to get cat people out of the house."

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Kate Conger

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