Theater offers 'rat cafe'

Posted at 8:40 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 08:40:53-04

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/CNN) - A theater is offering an unusual experience for its guests to help illustrate a theme in the show - rats.

The San Francisco Dungeon theater says it is going to host several "rat café" experiences this summer.

The Black Rat Café is part theater enhancement and part animal rescue.

Guests will experience coffee and a snack, and then the rats come out to play.

Ambassador rats are taken to each table for those who may not have ever seen a rat up close, much less ever touched one.

"It's a story that we tell here at the dungeon, and we wanted to combine that story of plague and rats with something new and exciting. And we thought, what better way than to experience rats in person with some coffee and a Danish before they see the dungeon show in person," said Matthew Gunter, San Francisco Dungeon performance supervisor.

The rats are provided by the Rattie Ratz of Northern California, a rescue organization dedicated to finding a home for wayward rats.

The organization wants to send the message that domestic rats make great pets.

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