Food & Drink

Don’t call the health department - rats are welcome at this cafe

via San Francisco Dungeon website

The Rat Cafe is coming to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco and, of course, live rodents with it.

It’s all part of The San Francisco Dungeon, a tourist attraction where guests are shuffled from room to room as actors help re-create scary historical events.

The limited pop-up restaurant experience will have guests sip coffee while seated at bistro-style tables draped with red and white gingham table cloths while surrounded by rats. It costs about $50 per person, inlcuding all-you-can-drink coffee and rat interaction, as well as admission to the dungeon.

"Drinking coffee while a rat is on the loose? That's not for the faint of heart," Matthew Clarkson of San Francisco Dungeon parent company Merlin Entertainments Group said in a statement.

Reports say the rats will be provided by Rattie Ratz, a nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and sets up rodents for domestic adoption.

The first dates for Rat Cafe are set for July 1 and July 8, at 9 a.m. both days.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio