City’s First Dog Café Is Closing

Image: Boris & Horton

“We have some sad news to share today.” So begins a post on the Instagram page of Boris & Horton announcing that both locations of New York’s first dog-friendly café are closing.

The announcement, which came this past Thursday, noted that Feb. 26 would be the café’s last day.

Boris & Horton’s flagship store on Avenue A opened in 2018, serving up a one-of-a-kind blend of off-leash activities for East Village pooches, plus coffee and snacks for their human parents. Last summer, a second Boris & Horton opened in Williamsburg, holding out promise of even more locations where pups could meet and socialize with their fellow canines.

But the burden of operating a business in New York became a strain. As Boris & Horton’s co-owner Logan Mikhly told TimeOut, “Our average ticket doesn’t meet our needs. Rent, staffing and the cost of ingredients and materials are high, and increasing.”

Despite the bad news, Boris & Horton will go out on a high note, writing on Instagram:

Instead of dwelling on what didn’t work, let’s celebrate the great times we had. … From the dog adoptions to weddings, gotcha days, birthday parties, and everything in between we’ve been so lucky to share in your big and little moments.

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