SNEAK PEEK : MAUHAUS, ST. LOUIS' FIRST CAT CAFE

The cat’s out of the bag: Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge officially opens its doors to the public on Nov. 12.

St. Louis’ first-ever cat cafe takes residence in a sunny corner space in Maplewood, featuring internationally themed beverages, scratch-made snacks and a lounge where guests can enjoy the company of around a dozen adoptable feline friends through Tenth Life Cat Rescue.



As reported by Feast last year, the concept comes from co-owners Dana Huth and Ben Triola, who also own and operate video game and website-design companies Happy Badger Studio and Rampant Interactive upstairs.

“Two years ago, we went to Thailand where Ben’s dad lives. We knew there were cat cafes there and wanted to visit one,” Huth says. “It was incredible. We knew we had to have one in our hometown so just decided to go for it.”

A successful Kickstarter campaign garnered $36,147 to bring the idea – the first of its kind in the Midwest – to life. The 1,500-square-foot space is divided into a cafe and lounge separated by a set of double doors. Guests can purchase refreshments from the kitchen and walk them into the adjoining seating area.

Architectural Design Guild executed the layout for the room, which features plenty of ways for the cats to either hide or stay entertained via tunnels, shelves, trees and even a built-in catwalk around the perimeter.

Huth, who previously studied interior design, puts her skills to use by envisioning a mid-century modern meets comfort-based atmosphere. Visitors can cozy up on floor cushions while cats wander and enjoy their own window seats to observe passerby.

On the cafe side, kitchen manager Alyssa Bennett and lead barista Caleb Sawyer whip up a selection of tasty treats and drinks to choose from. Bennett formerly owned and operated local company Pie Craft.

“Since cat cafes originated in Asia, we wanted to highlight international flair on the menu,” Huth says. “We didn’t want to be in direct competition with any other cafes in the area so we’re offering something a little different.”

To that end, expect savory options such as Indian samosas, Mexican arepas and Italian cicchetti on housemade bread. Desserts include everything from chocolate-filled sponge cakes and almond cookies to vegan cinnamon-swirled babka. Toppings and fillings will vary seasonally.

Beverages include selections such as Vietnamese iced coffee, Thai tea and locally roasted La Cosecha coffee. Another highlight is the Mauhaus #6 – a catnip tea created thanks to a partnership with Traveling Tea.

While walk-ins for the lounge are allowed, Huth recommends saving a spot to cut down on wait time. Reservations at Mauhaus are filling up fast – more than 200 guests have already signed up to stop in. Meanwhile, kitties are gradually becoming acclimated to their new living room.

“We have a few out now, and they’re the most comfortable, lazy cats. We love them so much already,” Huth says.

Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge opens on Nov. 12. Its hours will be Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 8pm.

Mauhaus Cat Cafe and Lounge, 3101 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, Missouri, 314.384.2287, mauhauscafe.com (source : feastmagazine.com)

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