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New Cat Café and Wine Bar Poised to Pass Alexandria’s Planning Commission

Mount Purrnon Cafe and Wine Bar should be open in Spring 2020. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

ALEXANDRIA, VA — According the docket, the much-anticipated Mount Purrnon Café and Wine Bar at 109 South Alfred Street in Old Town just got the green light from the the Alexandria planning commission staff.

City staff enthusiastically supports the business, stating: “The proposed use would introduce the first cat café to the City of Alexandria, a business model that has risen in popularity recently in neighboring municipalities.

The applicant’s proposal for an innovative, independent restaurant in this section of Old Town complies with the King Street Retail Strategy goals.

The proposal is also consistent with the Old Town Restaurant Policy, which requires an analysis of the restaurant’s potential impact concerning parking, alcohol and late-night hours, litter and a diversity of uses in the surrounding area.”

109 South Alfred Street was last home to Sand and Steel Fitness. (Photo: City of Alexandria)

Formerly the site of two personal fitness facilities, the 1885 building will soon be the hot spot to set up your laptop, grab a beer, and pet a cat or two from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

READ MORE: Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe and Wine Bar to Open Next Spring in Old Town

According to the paperwork, the business will act as a foster home for up to 15 cats, aged six months and older, who would be checked by a vet and evaluated for sociability prior to being brought on site. Cats would live at the property until adopted, or if it is deemed appropriate to return them to the shelter.

Patrons at Mount Purrnon Cat Café and Wine Bar will be able to purchase pre-packaged food and alcohol in the form of beer and wine in shatterproof containers.

Patrons will be allowed to bring food and drinks into the  lounge areas to play with the cats if they would like. And those who do not wish to interact with the cats will have the option to access the restaurant-only portion of the building.

For more, see the full Mount Purrnon Staff Report

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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