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June 3, 2009

Grandview Topless Coffee Shop burns down

UPDATE: The Boston Herald says it was arson:

It appears at least one person felt a topless coffee shop in Maine was too hot. Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro at about 1 a.m. today was set by an arsonist.

Donald Crabtree thought a topless coffee and doughnut store was just the way for a merchant to fight the recession, so he opened the Grandview Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine, a few months ago. The place drew legions, but last night it burned down, according to the Boston Globe.

No word yet on suspected arson, but apparently not all the good Mainers were happy about the Grandview's dress code. Last month a state trooper was called to the Grandview after one of the waitresses went outside in her uniform, according to AP. The Vassalboro town fathers/mothers are scheduled to vote on an ordinance regulating topless restaurants on Monday.

Posted by Jay Hancock at 11:02 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: The Great Recession


I'll bet the waitress went outside for a smoke break. Just one more reason to quit...

It sounds as though the waitresses were just too "hot"

I guess the girls were smokin. I guess the old saying is true where there's smoke there's fire.

what a joke..a topless coffie shop? g what a shame it burned -shakes head

Not sad to see it go. I grew up around there and it is such a quaint little down, why turn it in to hooker-ville? Really, a topless coffee shop? In little Vassalboro Maine? Who saw that failing? *raises hand*

I am wondering if thsoe girls would be interested in one of my resume shirts? They are after all shirtless and jobless.


i think its pathetic... i think its degrading and my boyfriend wil never go there.. heard guys work their, too... wonder what THEY serve their donuts on...

I am that guy that worked at the doughnut shop and if your wondering if so much about what I serve a doughnut its your face, my dough from my nut on your face bitches. You people have nothing better to do than complain about a fun time. And I got paid and I got laid, what better job do you have going for you? Maybe you'd rather go to mcdonalds for your coffee its organic and mass produced just like assholes like yourself. go look at your body in the mirror if you want to see something to complain about. And these days Im back doing stonework but don't knock a good thing just because its HARD work for some and too easy to be a whinner.

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About Jay Hancock
Jay Hancock has been a financial columnist for The Baltimore Sun since 2001. He has also been The Baltimore Sun's diplomatic correspondent in Washington and its chief economics writer. Before moving to Baltimore in 1994 he worked for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Daily Press of Newport News.

His columns appear Tuesdays and Sundays.

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