Vassalboro’s topless coffee shop back in business

Posted Nov. 11, 2009, at 10:28 a.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — The Grand View Topless Coffee shop in Vassalboro is back in business.

On Tuesday the town planning board gave Donald Crabtree permission to operate the shop out of an office trailer on his Route 3 property.

The coffee shop reopened Wednesday morning. Crabtree says business is slow, but customers are starting to trickle in.

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.