Dine with rats at San Francisco’s upcoming pop-up ‘Rat Cafe’
If your dream is to dine in a darkened cafe surrounded by (domesticated) rats that you can “interact” with, then San Francisco has quite the opportunity for you.
Tourist “attraction” The San Francisco Dungeon is hosting a two-day-only pop-up cafe set up for those who want to enjoy a delightful morning with everyone’s favorite (again, domesticated) rodents.
For $49.99, patrons can “sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths… all while being surrounded by rats.” The price includes all-you-can-drink coffee, tea, water and pastries, along with admission to the dungeon. (Don’t forget the 15 minutes of rat interaction!)
If the idea sounds more like nightmare fuel, like I would suspect it does for a large portion of people, that’s understandable.
“Drinking coffee while a rat is on the loose? That’s not for the faint of heart,” a statement from a Dungeon spokesman acknowledges.
For those worried about pesky food safety and hygiene codes, EaterSF confirmed that the dungeon will follow all food service rules, and that food will be cleared out before the rats are allowed into the “cafe.”