It goes without saying that napping at work is usually frowned upon. But if you’re one of the kittens living inside the cat lounge at Kawaii Kitty Cafe in Queen Village, you get a free pass. Like clockwork, when the hand hits 3:00 p.m. everyday, owner Kristin Eissler closes up the shop for an hour so the main attraction can well, take a cat nap. “They’re up all day playing and interacting with customers, so this is their time to relax.”
Inspired by her frequent visits to Tokyo when she had worked in the fashion industry, Kawaii is her ode to the Japanese culture of kitty cafes with one big exception. “In Japan, there is no health code, so cats would be running around the kitchen. So we wanted to make sure to separate the dining area with the cat lounge.” Duly noted.