On the heels of Blue Cat Cafe’s anniversary, Austin’s first cat cafe was vandalized on Friday, October 21. Statesman reported that someone spray painted "Fuck you gentrified scum" on the cafe’s door and front of its adjacent food trailer. The person or persons also glued the doors shut.
Blue Cat Cafe’s grounds on East Cesar Chavez are controversial. It is adjacent to the lot that used to house pinata store Jumpolin, which was suddenly demolished in 2015. The land is owned by F&F Real Estate Ventures, run by Jordan French and Darius Fisher. People call the razing as unfair, and don’t believe any business they see as benefiting F&F (i.e. paying rent) should exist on the property. This includes the cat cafe.
Later that day on Friday, a group, Defend Our Hoodz, held a protest outside of the cafe on East Cesar Chavez, calling for a boycott of Blue Cat and and its landlord F&F Real Estate. The protesters said they weren’t involved with the vandalism.
Someone started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the cafe's repairs, which as of publishing time, was close to completing its goal.
When Blue Cat Cafe debuted last year, protesters greeted the opening day. Owner Rebecca Gray launched a Kickstarter campaign to open Austin’s first cat cafe last year in February, and raised the funds by April 2015. She quickly found the location on East Cesar Chavez. Guests can play with the adoptable cats and do other cafe activities. The on-site trailer serves up vegan food and coffee.