What happens when I arrive at Colony Cafe?
We offer coffee, wine, food and visits to our Cat Loft, which can be enjoyed separately -- or all together! When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a friendly Colony staffer who will ask what they can do for you. Let us know if you have a reservation for the Cat Loft. We’ll get your name, check you in and direct you to the Cat Loft entrance.
During the day, we’re a classic coffee shop on the first floor. Come on in, order a hand-crafted drink and scratch-made treat at the register, grab a seat and enjoy. We have free WiFi and you’ll have a great view of Penn Ave (or you might catch a glimpse of our adoptable cats through the big Cat Loft windows!).
Starting at 4:30 pm, we morph into a wine and cocktail bar, with an expanded menu and table service. We personally-select (after lots of taste tests ;-)) all our wines and offer coffee- and wine-based signature cocktails. The spirits we use are exclusively Pennsylvania-made.
Do you have vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free food options?
Yes – please take a look at our current menu. Let us know if you have any dietary allergies or requirements and we’re happy to do our best to accommodate you. We welcome suggestions and requests, so let us know what you’d like us to offer in the future. Write us at email@example.com.
My child is under 8 years old. Why can’t I bring him/her to the Cat Loft?
We take the safety and comfort of both cats and guests very seriously. While many kids are great with animals, appropriate behavior is not always instinctual in younger children – and cats are unpredictable!
As a new business concept for Pittsburgh, we’re seeing how it goes with older kids and adults before introducing dedicated children’s hours or days at the Cat Loft. We’re working with our partners at Animal Friends to develop kid-friendly programming, like reading to the cats. If you have an idea or suggestion, we’d love to hear it. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do I have to pay to see the cats?
Colony is home to 8-12 cats, who live here 24/7 until they get adopted. The $8 fee helps cover food, cleaning supplies, staff salary and rent and utilities for the Cat Loft.
Wait, I need a reservation to see the cats?!
While reservations aren’t required, we do limit the number of people in the Cat Loft to 10 at any time. We do this so we don’t overwhelm the cats, and so every guest can get some kitty time. We recommend making a reservation so you won’t be disappointed when you arrive. Our cats our popular! You can book online here: https://www.colonycafepgh.com/pages/book-a-visit-to-the-cat-loft.
If you walk in and we’re not at capacity, you’re welcome to join the fun in the Cat Loft.
There's only one hour-long spot open. Can I split it with 2, 3 or 4 people?
We want to give all our guests a relaxing experience in the Cat Loft and have found it to be disruptive to both people and cats when there's a lot of entering and exiting the Loft during split visits, so we can no longer accommodate this request. We hope you'll book a time when your entire party can enjoy the Loft at the same time!