Topless coffee shop owner wants to open in office trailer

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 10:46 a.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — The owner of a topless coffee shop that burned down in an arson fire wants to reopen his business in an office trailer.

Donald Crabtree told the Kennebec Journal he will go before the Vassalboro Planning Board on Tuesday seeking a new business permit. He said he hopes to reopen in a trailer and save money so he can eventually get into a newer building.

The opening of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop last February angered many residents in Vassalboro, a small town outside of Augusta.

Officials continue to investigate the fire that destroyed the shop in June just hours after Crabtree talked with local officials about making the business more like a strip club. At the time of the fire, the property was not insured.

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