Topless cafe gets Maine town planners’ OK

Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 10:55 a.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — Vassalboro’s planning board has approved an application for a coffee shop with topless waitresses despite opposition of most residents who showed up.

More than 50 residents showed up for Tuesday night’s meeting and most of them voiced disapproval of the idea. Ellsworth businessman Donald Crabtree plan to open the topless cafe within 30 days at the site of the former Grand View Motel on busy Route 3.

Planners said the central Maine town has no ordinance to regulate businesses’ uniforms — or lack of them. They say the proposal met the town’s 10 performance standards, which are mostly related to safety, parking, traffic and signs.

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