Ever go into a coffee house, look at their menu board, and wonder why they don’t just have the cup sizes on the board instead of strange names that are meaningless? Well, add to that the confusion and distraction of going into a coffee house in Maine, the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, where cup sizes not only denote the servings of coffee but the bare-breasted ladies serving America’s favorite beverage. No doubt the service has received favorable attention by most men in the area, but there are others who find the topless café an unwanted eyesore.
WMTW-TV in Portland reported that the Planning Board in Vassalboro, Maine, approved the opening of the topless café by a unanimous vote in early January. The new business was to take over the empty old Grand View Motel, which at one time housed bars and restaurants. Many welcomed the idea of a new business and the jobs it would bring. Others are afraid that the topless café will draw a less than reputable crowd.
Still, the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop opened for business Monday (February 23), offering double shots of espresso and free shots of bare breasts. Signs say: “Over 18 Only” and “No cameras, no touching, cash only.”
One of the waitrons told the Kennebuc Journal that she took the job because it was “different.” She said it made her feel empowered and not degraded at all.
Having partially nude waitresses serve coffee is not a new idea, however. And Vassalboro’s debate over whether the business should be allowed to continue will no doubt not be the last, either.
Over on the west coast, eyebrows have been raised for some time now over coffee houses that have bikinibaristas serving their coffee. They may not be topless, but coffee houses like Java Girls in Seattle and the Bikini Coffee Shop in Salem, Oregon, offer the next best thing. One Washington chain of coffee houses, Cowgirls Espresso, offers a bit of variety of sexily clad baristas for the coffee shop regular with Military Mondays, Cowgirls Tuesday, and Bikini Wednesday.
Perhaps those that disagree with the current dress code (undress code?) at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop might want to suggest the left coast alternative?
Dick Brochu told the Kennebuc Journal in typical Maine pragmatic terms: “It’s different. I kind of like it. If you don’t like it, I say don’t come in, stay away.”
A suggestion: When ordering at the topless café, be careful how you ask for whipped cream topping…