CAFE ADOPTS A NEW APPROACH
MELBOURNE’S cafe culture has gone to the dogs — literally.
A new greyhound cafe has opened in West Melbourne but is serving up more than doggie doughnuts and puppuccinos.
Those hunting for a new hound can meet greyhounds and search online for those available as part of Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program. The GAP Cafe is the first city spot with a greyhound theme as the dishlickers become popular apartment pooches.
Adoptions have soared from just 809 in 2015-16 to more than 1300 dogs in the past financial year.
Greyhound Racing Victoria chief executive Alan Clayton said “word is getting out” about the pups’ appeal.
Racing Minister Martin Pakula said the GAP Cafe gave Melburnians the chance to meet a “friend for life”.
The government chipped in $133,000, matched by Greyhound Racing Victoria, to open the cafe.
Julie and greyhound Jet at the new GAP Cafe.