San Francisco Rat Cafe offers dining with domesticated vermin

By Daniel Uria   |   May 19, 2017 at 3:56 PM
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May 19 (UPI) -- A California tourist attraction is offering guests the opportunity to dine with live rats at its pop-up Rat Cafe.

The San Francisco Dungeon announced, the Black Rat Cafe, a two-day pop-up shop that will allow visitors to interact with rats while enjoying a pastry and a coffee before entering the dungeon attraction.

Be forewarned: the fare at this pop-up experience is neither locally grown nor sustainably sourced," the dungeon said. "Guests can sip their coffee while seated at bistro-style tables, nicely draped with red and white gingham tablecloths...all while being surrounded by rats."

Admission to the Black Rat Cafe, which will only be open on July 1 and July 8, is set to begin at $49.99 and will include a pastry, beverage and admission to the dungeon.

San Francisco Dungeon spokesman Matthew Clarkson told Eater San Francisco the food served at the cafe will be prepared offsite and will be cleared away before the rats are allowed into the room.

"We're obviously following all food code and hygiene requirement," he said.

California-based rat rescue and adoption agency will provide the rats that customers of the cafe will be given the chance to interact with.

"They do make very good pets and if looked after, they're as clean as a cat or a dog," Clarkson said.

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