April 23, 2018
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Ellsworth man proposes topless coffee shop

The Associated Press

VASSALBORO, Maine — A one-time motel in a small central Maine town could soon be offering an eye-opening way to start the day — topless coffee shop waitresses.

The Vassalboro Planning Board on Tuesday will consider a business permit request for a topless coffee shop at the site of the former Grand View Motel on busy Route 3.

The one-story building has also been the home to several other business ventures, most recently Mac Daddy’s Pub at the Fat Cat Grille, which closed three or four years ago.

Neighbors have mixed opinions. Some say Vassalboro is a rural town and that a topless coffee shop would bring the wrong crowd. But others say they’d like to see a business make a go of it there.

Donald Crabtree of Ellsworth, who has applied for the business permit, told the Kennebec Journal that he didn’t want to discuss his plan until after the planning board meets.

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