The Dog Cafe — billed as America’s first — officially opened in Silver Lake Thursday, with the goal of pairing locals with their favorite cup of coffee and new best friend.
“Play with pups as you grab your coffee fix, or catch up with friends over lattes, snuggling lap dogs,” The Dog Cafe says on its website, promising to become “your new favorite joint.”
Located at 240 N. Virgil Ave., the cafe borders Central L.A.’s Silver Lake, Westlake, Koreatown and East Hollywood neighborhoods.
“The Dog Cafe’s mission is to revolutionize dog adoption by reinventing the way people connect with rescues who need homes,” its website states.
Prior the cafe’s grand opening on Thursday, nine people who said they attended its soft opening had already left mostly rave reviews on Yelp.com.
“I absolutely adore this place. First of its kind,” the “Fame of Bones Dog Treats B.” Yelp account said.
Another reviewer — Sheshanna P. — detailed the personalities of the dogs she met, including ones who were “super chill,” another who “is always down for tug-of-war,” and others were “majestic” or simply enjoy licking their human playmate’s face.
Visitors are advised to book pre-paid reservations, with a $10 entrance fee granting you a 55-minute visit that includes a beverage.
As of Thursday afternoon, dates were sold out through April 12. The location is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Dogs at the cafe are rescues who are being fostered until they find their “forever home,” according to The Dog Cafe website.
People interested in adopting can see pictures and descriptions of the dogs available, and fill out an application online.
And while patrons are not currently allowed to bring their own dogs inside due to lack of city approval, an “outdoor meeting” can be arranged between the dogs people already own and ones they are considering adopting, according to the website.