Portland’s only cat cafe announced it would close in October, leaving the city without a place to drink and pet cats until you decided, “What the heck, let me just adopt one.”
Sergio and Kristen Castillo, the owners of Purringtons, which opened in 2015, told The Oregonian/OregonLive they matched more than 600 cats from Cat Adoption Team with adoptive families between 2015 and the time they closed in 2018.
They had hoped to find a buyer for the cafe, but according to Willamette Week’s number one cat reporter, Matt Singer, “It didn’t appear that they had any takers, and the bar has sat dim and meow-less on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard since early December.”
“But,” Singer adds, “cat cafes always land on their feet, apparently.”
On Facebook in the middle of January, the Castillos announced that they had found new owners for the cat cafe. Willamette Week reports they are Garrett Simpson, a volunteer at Cat Adoption Team, and Helen Harris.
The new owners have not yet set a date to reopen Purringtons, but it will remain in the same location, 3529 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
— Lizzy Acker
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