Tabby’s Catfe: The Calico Garden

Gabby Rohrer – 

Tabby’s Catfe, a cafe that opened on Broadway in June of 2017, has recently opened a new soup and salad buffet called the Calico Garden. On Tuesdays, Tabby’s Catfe features a taco bar with rotating meat. On Thursday’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., they feature a pizza buffet. They are looking to branch out in the next few months to having a hot sandwich theme for Wednesdays as well as a fish fry buffet held on Friday nights.  

The buffet opened on Aug. 6 of this year after the Catfe renovated an old tattoo studio next door. “Due to similar health codes, the renovation from a tattoo studio to an extra area for Tabby’s wasn’t hard to make,” Karlyn Davis, one of the owners of Tabby’s Catfe, said.

Since the renovation, they have doubled their dining space. “It is a relaxing environment to hang out at after a hard day of classes,” said University of Wisconsin-Stout senior Haden Gregor.

Tabby’s Catfe also allows individuals to adopt some of the felines. They get their cats from the Dunn County Humane society where they have a deal to foster the cats until they get new homes. “It just takes the right person to meet the right cat,” Davis said. The cafe has currently found forever homes for 29 cats.  “The owners are so friendly, and they always encourage adoptions. A great place to get your animal fix and grab some good food,” said customer Nicole Johnson.

Some cat cafes are structured where you have to pay an hourly rate to see the cats, but Tabby’s Catfe asks that you either make a purchase from them, even just a drink, or donate 2 dollars if you just want to visit the cats.

The soup and salad bar is open during normal hours, but closes a half hour before the cafe. The hours of operation are located on their Facebook page.