Beloved Newcastle cat café Mog on the Tyne’s temporary closure is set to become permanent after the pandemic created uncertainty for the business.
In a heartfelt Facebook post published late last night, the owners announced the closure “with a heavy heart and great sadness”, citing the reasons as uncertainty with the future due to the pandemic and the end of their lease.
Describing the legacy of the café, the Facebook post said: “Mog is so much more than just a business, it is a community for like-minded cat folk, a safe and happy place filled with joy, love and laughter for so many. Thank you to each person who has supported us, we are so grateful.”
This was immediately met with a huge outpouring of love and support on social media, with hundreds of visitors sharing their favourite memories at the café and describing their shock and sadness at the decision.
Regular visitors were, however, quick to offer practical support for the venture, with two fundraising sites popping up within twelve hours of Mog’s announcement. One of these was created by second year Languages student Neve Francis, who described the café as “a staple to the Newcastle community for years, being popular amongst students, children and adults alike.” The second fundraiser can be found here.
It is currently unclear exactly what these funds will be used for, but it is expected that it will be used to rehome the cats, with Mog saying: “We are working to find forever homes for our furry friends, we love them and will miss them so much.”
Newcastle student Sophie Hicks, who visited the café once a week, said: “As a regular at the cat café who considers this place a second home, I am absolutely devastated. I love the cats, I love the staff, it’s a real community. However, with the outcry of support and the Go Fund Me donations that have already been pledged, I have hope that this isn’t the end of my favourite cat café.”
Fellow student Joe Molander said: “I’m a big fan of the cats. They all universally hated me, but I still had a good time. There was a palpable, insular sense of community in there, and I’ll be sad to see it go. The cats would be perfectly indifferent not to see me again though.”
The café was founded six years ago, and was at the time Newcastle’s only cat café before the later arrival of Catpawcino down by the Quayside. Alongside offering visitors the opportunity to play with its cats over coffee and cake, the café also hosted a variety of events including games nights, quizzes, bingo and cat bandana workshops. As well as its furry friends, the café was also famed for its kitsch décor adorned with many unique items of cat memorabilia, and has been described by visitors as “a place to lift your spirits”.
Supporters of Mog on the Tyne who are able to are encouraged to donate to the café here.
Featured image courtesy of Sophie Hicks
Last modified: 4th June 2020