Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe officially opens on Tuesday, following a test run over the weekend complete with hot coffee, cold beer, warm laps and feline fancifulness.

Two years in the making, Neko Cat Cafe was created by Caitlin Unsell after she fell in love with the concept while living in Sapporo, Japan.

She started a crowdfunding campaign in winter 2015 to help secure a space, which brought in about $14,000. Unsell scratched out a lease at 519 E. Pine St., across from the AVA apartments, in the spring.

People came in over the weekend soft opening events, where they were able to grab a Kuma coffee or beer and wine at the bar, and then mingle with adoptable cats in a separate room designed for their leisure.

“We’re actually letting them settle in, so we’re going to start adoptions in a few weeks,” said Unsell during Sunday’s soft opening.

The cats are provided by Regional Animal Services of King County. RASKC is providing Neko with cats with feline leukemia (FeLV), which doesn’t affect humans, but makes them harder to adopt out. The cats arrived last week, and have been the main attraction since.

“Everyone’s just having the best time,” Unsell said. “There’s plenty of nooks by every seat, so wherever you’re sitting, you should have a kitty close to you.”

Frances Dinger came by with a friend.

“We were walking by — had brunch — and saw the sign on the door,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea to get cats like this adopted.”

Dinger said she has worked at animal shelters, and she knows how hard it can be to adopt out cats with FeLV.

“A lot of people have already asked about adoptions,” Unsell said, “so I think it will happen pretty quickly.”

Neko also has wagashi (specially shaped sweets) from Tokara in Phinney Ridge and cat-inspired cookies, cakes and donuts from Woodland Sunrise Northwest. The BeanFish food truck is supplying Neko with taiyaki (stuffed fish-shaped waffles) and Tres in Bellevue with sandwich bento boxes.