Cat cafe is closing at two locations due to budget crisis

A cat cafe in Caracas, Venezuela, will close down in January because of a budget crisis, Cat Cafe owner Lourdes Guzman said.

Guzman said the owners of the three-dollar cafe in the city’s central plaza decided not to renew their lease.

The cat cafe opened in 2003 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guzman told The Associated Press that they have two other locations across Venezuela.

He said they would be closing down in two months.

Venezuela’s government said Tuesday that it was cutting government assistance to food and housing programs, in an effort to boost inflation and fight the Zika virus.

The U.S. State Department has warned of shortages of basic goods and medicine, and has criticized Maduro’s administration for imposing a state of emergency.

Associated Press writer James Gagliano in Carabobo, Venezuela contributed to this report.

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