Black Cat is a nightclub in Washington, D.C., located on 14th Street Northwest in the Shaw/U Street neighborhood. The club was founded in 1993 and quickly established itself as a venue for independent music. While Black Cat is most known for its support of indie rock, featured musical acts include metal, punk, and electronic, as well as DJ/dance nights.
Black Cat's "Mainstage" is on the second floor and has a capacity of approximately 700. Lesser known acts play on the "Backstage", a smaller area on the first floor that holds approximately 200 people. The first floor of the club also contains a no-cover bar/lounge called the "Red Room", and the "Food For Thought" cafe. Serving primarily vegetarian food, along with some meat and vegan dishes, "Food For Thought" is named for the Dupont Circle vegetarian restaurant – owned by Black Cat owner Dante Ferrando's father Bob Ferrando – that operated from 1973 to 1999.
In 2001, the venue moved three doors south, from 1831 to 1811 14th Street. Black Cat is served by the U Street station on the Washington Metro.
The building that The Black Cat now operates in used to be a dance club called The Cage, which was best known to students of regional colleges and universities as a club that would serve alcoholic beverages to anyone regardless of legal age.
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