New Jersey's first cat cafe is coming to Asbury Park. It's called -- brace yourselves -- Catsbury Park, and, yes, it combines cats and a cafe under one roof.
When it opens at 708 Cookman Avenue, Catsbury Park will offer all of the expected coffee shop amenities -- lattes, espresso, biscotti -- with the added bonus of 10 to 15 cats on the premises. The cafe will be divided into two rooms, one with cats and one without, because health codes do not allow food to be prepared and served in the same room as the cats. Patrons can choose to sit in the cat-free zone, or hang out and and play with the cats while enjoying a coffee or tea.
All of the Catsbury Park cats will be up for adoption. There is a fee to hang out with the cats, something that is standard in cat cafes.
Cat Cafes first gained traction in Japan in the 2000s, with the idea that cats provide companionship and help to soothe the stresses of urban living. Catsbury Park is the brainchild of D.J. Bornschein, a native of the Jersey Shore who recently retired from a 20-year career in the music industry to focus on the business. Bornschein said he first visited a cat cafe in San Francisco, where he spends his winters, when he took a trip to KitTea in 2015.