Yesterday was the "soft opening" - a chance for the kitties to try out the public. There was a very long line of people waiting to get a seat, so I went back this afternoon and stood in line for 30 minutes, looking through the window, before I called it a day (I have my limits, so went to the movies instead - the lines were much shorter there). This being Paris, people were playing the typical "cheat-the-queue" games, but got nowhere, since there was nowhere to go.
The Cat Cafe was full to capacity, as it was yesterday, and nobody seemed interested in leaving, though I saw lots of empty plates and glasses, etc. No one came around to remove them - or to encourage people to pay up and leave - so those same folks might well be sitting there at this late hour, still petting the kitties. I never even got a look at the food, since all I saw were crumbs.
I saw cats sitting in the window, cats wandering around, and even a few cats on laps at the tables where people were eating (which was one of the big "no-no" issues). I saw a couple of people try to pick up the kitties (another "no-no"), but the people working there shook their heads at that. There are supposed to be 12 cats "in residence", but I saw maybe half as many as that - though the rest could have been hiding. The couple of people who did leave looked happy. The people still standing in line looked a lot less so (A lot of them probably ended up in line behind me at the movies, or went home to do laundry).
I will try again, because the idea is a nice one - and the lady who runs the place is, too. But I think I will go on a miserably rainy day, and try to be the first one inside. It will be interesting to see which happens first - the place closes for lack of income, the prices increase drastically (to offset the lack of customer turnover), or the rumoured "mystery clients" will find some infractions and report to the Health Board (and no, I am not one of them!). I'll keep you posted...