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Marietta has its first cat cafe

Java Cats Cafe to opened its second location July 6

Are you ready, Meow-ietta? 

Java Cats Cafe opened its second location July 6 at 85 Atlanta St. in Marietta, according to its website.

The cafe is the second for owner Hadyn Hilton, who opened the original Java Cats Cafe in Grant Park in March 2017. 

Located in the former home of Cleo Coffee & Ice Cream Lab, the Marietta Java Cats was funded in part by a GoFundMe Hilton launched last year.

The cafe has a similar setup to the Grant Park spot, with coffee and pre-packaged food served on one side of the space and a separate area for customers to interact with shelter cats, all available for adoption, on another side. 

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The Marietta building is triple the size of the original location, which will allow room for at least 30 cats. The Grant Park location has already adopted out more then 250 cats. 12 people will be permitted in the cat room per session so the cats won’t ever feel overwhelmed; reservations are recommended. 

Owner Hadyn Hilton has worked on bringing the widely popular concept to Atlanta since last spring.

The cafe uses coffee from Atlanta-based Firelight Coffee Roasters and serve food from businesses including Gathering Industries, an organization that trains the homeless for jobs in the culinary industry.

New to the Marietta location is local craft beer and wine.

The cafe will be open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Java Cats was the first cat cafe to open in Atlanta; Happy Tabby Cat Cafe followed later in 2017 in Old Fourth Ward .

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