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A purr-fect opportunity for cat lovers

One of Buffalo's two startup cat lounges is hoping it won't need nine lives to win city approval.

Jessica Brandon is seeking a special-use permit for a tavern and outdoor dining from the Buffalo Common Council to permit her to open up Purrfect Cafe & Gallery at 1507 Hertel Ave., with a sidewalk patio.

The restaurant, which would be located in one half of the building, would focus on vegetarian and vegan options while serving wine and liquor. Next door but separate for health reasons would be the Comfy Cat Lounge, where about a dozen cats that can be adopted will live and hang out with visitors who pay by the hour for the privilege of cuddling with them.

The seasonal patio would have three tables – but no cats.

Buffalo kitty lovers rejoice: Here come the cat cafés

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