A rat-cafe is set to open – and it's not for the fainthearted

By Kim Abrahams
21 May 2017

Fancy sipping on your coffee and biting into a tasty pastry while rats freely scurry around you?

Fancy sipping on your coffee and biting into a tasty pastry while rats freely scurry around you?   

If you happen to find yourself in the United States during the month of July, head to San Francisco if you can and enjoy the above-mentioned scenario.

The San Francisco Dungeon, a popular attraction in the American city, is opening The Black Rat Café for two days in July, where visitors can enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while domesticated rodents dart left, right and centre. Read more: Philippine city offers bounties for dead rats

For $50 (R664), customers can enjoy a bottomless coffee, pastries and rats. But no food will be prepared on site and will be cleared before the rodents will be allowed into the dungeon.

“We’re obviously following all food code and hygiene requirements,” the Dungeon’s Matthew Clarkson told Eater.

Why the combination of caffeine and rodents?

Read more: Thank heavens they’re so far away! Fanged rats terrorise town

Well, the ‘clean’ rats are provided by Rattie Ratz, a non-profit organisation for rats, and if diners fall in love with one of the scooting animals they can adopt them.

“They do make very good pets,” Clarkson added. “And if looked after, they’re as clean as a cat or a dog.”

We’re going to say ‘no thank you’ to this one.

Sources: sf.eater.com, sfgate.com, metro.co.uk

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