Downtown Ithaca welcoming Alley Cat Cafe

Ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 29

ITHACA, NY, AUGUST 27, 2018 –  The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest businesses, Alley Cat Cafe, during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 312 E. Seneca St. in downtown Ithaca.

The public is welcome to attend.  

Alley Cat Cafe opened in June and serves freshly prepared plant-based and gluten-free baked goods, soups, and sandwiches along with freshly brewed and cold beverages. Though the vegan and vegetarian food options are is enjoyed by many, the cafe quickly gained popularity in the community for one of its non-food and beverage offerings, the kitty and cat playrooms situated in the rear of the establishment. It’s the first restaurant in the Ithaca area to offer this combination.

During the ribbon cutting celebration, tasty baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase, and guests can view the kitty and cat rooms. For a $5 fee, guests can step inside the cat room for 30 minutes to play with the kittens.

All of Alley Cat’s felines come to the cafe from Browncoat Cat Rescue and are available for adoption through that agency. Alley Cat Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  For additional information, visit Alley Cat Cafe’s Facebook Page.

Downtown Ithaca is home to more than 100 businesses, including specialty shops and boutiques, fine art galleries, casual and upscale dining establishments and world-class lodging. This year, many new crowd-pleasing and community-friendly businesses opened in downtown Ithaca, including women’s clothing store Indigo Rose, compounding pharmacy Nature’s Apothecary, and diverse dining establishments The Commons Kitchen, Bickering Twins, Sushi Osaka, Shahi Pakwan, and Thompson and Bleecker.  

For more information about Downtown Ithaca’s offerings, visit