Cape Times

First dog café opens in New York

- Chelsea Ritschel

MAN’S best friend or coffee companion? Now New York City pups can be both – once the city’s first dog café opens later this month in the East Village.

Scheduled to open its doors to humans and dogs alike, Boris & Horton is a dream come true for city-dwelling dog lovers.

Offering coffee, beer, wine and tons of puppies, the genius concept behind the new café is simple yet perfect – Boris & Horton will be a place where you can “have great coffee, eat, have wine and beer, hang out, and also bring your dog inside”, according to owner Coppy Holzman.

Holzman, who owns the café with his daughter, Logan Mikhly, wanted to create a space where owners and their dogs could enjoy a cup of coffee, or a dog treat or two, while interactin­g with one another.

Essentiall­y, patrons of Boris & Horton will come for the coffee and stay for the dogs.

And real, pettable puppies aren’t the only perk of the new cafe – it will also feature a dog-themed shop and a puppy Instagram booth.

Named after Holzman’s own dogs, Boris,a two-year-old pitbull mix, and Horton, a poodle-Chihuahua mix, the café pays homage to the pups with the decor.

The best part? The café is indoors – meaning pooches and owners can enjoy central heating and treats this winter.

For the café to pass New York City health regulation­s, the space had to be formally divided into two parts – a human side (café side) and the dog side.

But once you get your coffee, nothing is stopping you from heading over to the dog side of the café.

And for New York City residents who don’t own a pup yet, the cafe will be hosting dog adoption events on weekends.

Puppies and coffee for everyone. – The Independen­t

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