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Want to have coffee with rodents? SF's new Black Rat Cafe is for you.

Written by
Sarah Medina

San Francisco's newest animal-adoption-center-slash-restaurant is not for the faint of heart. The Black Rat Cafe will pop-up for two days this summer with the same model as KitTea Café in Hayes Valley and Cat Town in Oakland, which let patrons meet adoptable felines over coffee, tea and snacks. Only instead of kittens, diners at Black Rat will be greeted by—you guessed it—dozens of scurrying rats. 

The project comes from the twisted minds behind The San Francisco Dungeon, a tourist attraction in Fisherman’s Wharf. For $50 per person, participants will be led into the dark basement of the Dungeon to be served coffee, tea and pastries. Then the food—none of which will be prepared on-site—will be cleared away and the rats will be released! 

The rodents come courtesy of Rattie Ratz, a Clayton, California-based rat rescue and adoption agency that hopes some of their furry friends will find their forever homes during teatime. 

Want to try it for yourself? The immersive cafe will only be open for two days, July 1 and July 8. To be among the first to buy tickets, go to

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