In response to the international sensation of cat cafés, where patrons can watch and play with resident cats, restaurateurs Andrew and Fiona Leonetti have launched a new inspired eatery in New York: Child Café. The corporate-sponsored café serves American cuisine in a space filled with small children between the ages of 4 and 10 for diners to talk, play, and even eat with.
“We started talking and thought, aside from eating, what do people enjoy more than cats? And we believe the answer is kids,” explains Mr. Leonetti.
There’s a philanthropic component to the enterprise as well: the children employed by the restaurant are all residents of the New York Children’s Aid and are available for adoption on-site.
Opening week has been a success, claim the Leonettis, although some of the clientele have been described by staff as “creepy” and “potentially unfit for parenting or being in the presence of children.” Mr. Leonetti brushes off these concerns. “The kids are all well fed and seem to be enjoying the climbing wall.”