The beloved, altruistic hangout, The Shabby Tabby Cat Café in Sayville, is looking to walk its paws to another location, two blocks east of where “the coolest cats and kittens” reside.
The lease on the current location is coming to an end and despite a yearlong pandemic, Shabby Tabby’s landlord is still imposing a rent hike on the establishment.
“We love Sayville so much and have felt so welcome in the town that we wouldn’t consider leaving,” said Shabby Tabby co-owner Ryan Shea. “It’s a great village with lots of fun shops and we want to continue to be a part of it and watch it grow.”
The proposed new space will have a separation between a coffee area and a cat room.
As the new space is much bigger, the plan is to build out a more elaborate foster home/fun house for the cats to be fully submerged in a cohabiting environ- ment with humans in preparation for finding their forever homes (of which Shabby Tabby has already placed 600 in their time in Sayville).
“With this extra space and the ability to have two zoned-off sections, even peo- ple who are allergic to cats but love to see their antics, can come in and watch them play,” said Shea.
President of the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerc, Eileen Tyznar, said, “I’m happy that the Shabby Tabby is growing, thriving, and expanding now, and even closer to Main Street foot traf- fic. It will be great exposure for business and will enable even more people to enjoy our furry feline friends!”