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It’s Soon Gonna Cost More to Pet a Cat and Have a Cup of Coffee at Crumbs & Whiskers

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2017 at 9:45 am 17 Comments

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3211 O Street, NW

From Crumbs and Whiskers:

“Today, we’re announcing a change in our pricing. Our DC location will now cost $18 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. Our LA location will continue at $22 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

The price increase is a result of a lot of different things, but there are two main reasons. One: Our employees work really hard to make sure you have a great time when you visit us, and even harder to make sure every cat in our care is healthy and happy. So honestly, we’d like to pay them a little more. Two: Our rent is going up significantly this year.

To make things better, here’s what we are doing:

One Week Warning! – The new prices will go into effect next week, on January 16. This means you guys have one more week to make reservations at our old pricing!

Pay What You Want Monday – On the first Monday of every month, you will be able to pay whatever you think we are worth to visit Crumbs & Whiskers. We believe that everyone should be able to visit a cat cafe, no matter what their budget is. Full disclosure: This is an experiment. We hope we can do this forever, but for now, we can only say that we will definitely be doing this for the next 3 months (February – April).

As always, thank you for your support. It has been a privilege to serve you guys, and we truly love doing what we do.”

  • MadMax

    Wow, this place is still open?

    • 9thStreetNW

      Sadly not for long. I give it 12 months tops.

    • jumpingjack

      It’s doing well enough that they opened a second location in LA a few months ago.

  • Michael Pierce

    I really wanted to like this place but last time I found a whisker in my biscuit. A big, thick Domestic Shorthair whisker.

    • Anon

      But…food isn’t prepared on site, so if that happened, it happened at the local restaurant that provided it, not at C&W (unless it was ON and not IN your food?).

      • Michael Pierce

        Sorry, it was meant to be a joke.

    • FridayGirl

      Better than me. The only time I went it cost a buttload for NO coffee or food to be offered at ALL….

  • andy2

    I wish this was more like Whiskers R Us from SNL with Kate McKinnon.

    • MadMax

      +1

  • anon

    Sorry, I’ve never cared enough to read through when this place is mentioned here and elsewhere. Am I to understand that this is like a regular cafe except there is a cover charge to get in and that cover charge covers the cost of cats?

    • anon

      There has always been a charge. They bring in rescue cats (a lot seem to come from Lost Dog & Cat), give them a place to hang out and live that is warm, clean and comes with all the food they can eat. And people come in to play with them, pet them, and adopt them. The charge goes to pay their staff to care for the animals and the cost of keeping the lights on, probably others things as well that we are not aware of since we don’t work there.

      • DC Cat Adopter

        I think it’s actually a pretty successful way to get shelter cats adopted. Yes, you are paying money to pet cats, but you also have a nice place to do so and you’re able to spend time with adoptable cats outside of a dirty, smelly shelter.

        I adopted my cat from there the first year they were open. They’ve had over 200 adoptions across both locations. Cat cafes aren’t for everyone, but I don’t think we should disparage a place that helps animals find homes.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    you all can come to my house and pet a cat and have coffee for free – the move has brought out “Velcro-kitty” in the younger cat and all she wants to do is be glued to someone.

  • DC Anon

    How would they not know their rent was going up the following you? It’s in the lease agreement they signed for however many years they signed for, unless they only did a year lease, in which case, no wonder they’re screwed!

    • Hill Denizen

      Because if they started out by charging the higher rent, they probably wouldn’t have had as many customers. Now that they have a pretty solid customer base and a solid reputation, they can increase the price without scaring off too many customers.

  • TropicBird

    Unsustainable business anyone?

    • Anon

      Why are you bothered?

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