January 8, 2009

Town approves topless coffee shop

The planning board in a rural Maine town has approved plans for a topless coffee shop, and by the way, the vote was unanimous.

The Vassalboro Planning Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve plans for a coffee shop with topless female servers at the former Grand View Motel. The vote came after the officials reviewed the business' application and considered such issues as traffic, parking and lighting, WMTW-TV, Portland, Maine, reported Thursday.

Some residents welcomed news of a business taking over the empty building, which has previously housed bars and restaurants.

I say, bring the money in, resident Kevin Goodrich said. People need jobs and it's a good place to go. The economy's not very good right now, so why not do it?

On the other hand, some residents expressed fear that the topless coffee shop would attract an unsavory crowd.

We just found out about it this morning and we are opposed to it, Debbie Jordan said. It's not going to bring in a good crowd, and we've had those kinds of things in the past with it being a bar and it can get very loud.