Some maybe thinking this is a steep price for opening a cafe, and it is! But because we are not some normal cafe, we had to think, plan, and ask more seasoned professionals what their thoughts on pricing this out was.
All prices depend on square footage and location, both which are of the utmost importance to us to help make this successful once we are open.
100-150K seems to be the usual startup amount for a low to mid range size cafe in a place with minimal to decent foot traffic.
We are looking at 2 locations. Ideally, we would like open up in DownTown LA Little Tokyo area, since this was inspired by my trip to Tokyo, this seems like a natural fit. Little Tokyo Plaza is a high traffic area on some nights and weekends, and therefore the leases cost a little more.
Our square footage will need to be divided in two. I spoke to one of the chief directors at the LA health department, Marco Espinoza, which he stated,"Animals can not be in the same building as the food, but you can have two spaces next to each other as long as they have different addresses, and customers can have their drinks where the animals are if that is their choice."
We either need to lease two small or medium sized spaces next to each other, or find a landlord that would be ok with us putting up a dividing wall in the middle and have two separate entrances and two addresses for one space.
If no landlords in Little Tokyo would wish to accommodate our needs, then we would like to try Santa Monica 3rd St. Promenade area next. Both of these locations are high value areas. Prime location means that we won't have to be struggling for visibility and good business.
We are not just doing this for business sake, but for the well being of the cats as well, and for opportunity to work more closely with the community through the non-profits and animal shelters. We really want to be able to give back.
We want to have the funds to have a great location, both for our guests and our cats, and enough to cover all of the expenses that are required to open a regular cafe, plus all of the expenses required to have everything we need to keep the cats happy and healthy(Toys, food, vet visits, etc.) Plus enough of a cushion just in case there come any unexpected costs, we realize that is totally possible because this is such a new concept to LA, and permits and licensing fees may pop up where they were not expected.
We are dealing with the well beings or our cats and we want to make sure we do not leave anything to chance as well as grow a successful business and community. We believe that with enough exposure, reaching our goal is positively attainable with the help of you, and our great community of LA and cat lovers world wide! ₍˄·͈༝·͈˄₎◞ ̑̑ෆ⃛