The Sleeping Cat was originally just a tavern, and a rowdy place that enjoyed nightly brawls, until it was bought by Whelgar Taerncole. Sick of the brawling, Whelgar got rid of both taproom and wine cellar, and developed the place as a restaurant instead. In 1358 DR, the Sleeping Cat operated as both tavern and restaurant.
The Sleeping Cat had only a small menu, but the cooks dedicated themselves to mastering the recipes and slowly improving it. The Volo's Guide would give the restaurant a top rating but for the limited menu.
Among its offerings were roast venison, fried eel soup, pork pastries, chicken and pheasant pies, stewed hare, wine-simmered goose, and aged brandycake. The only alcoholic beverages were a small quantities of brandy, clarry, and mead.