June 23, 2018
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Owner to close topless coffee shop in Vassalboro after notice of violations

Joel Page | AP
Joel Page | AP
Firefighters look over the ruins of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in June 2009 in Vassalboro. The coffee shop went up in flames just hours after the owner went to the town's planning board to discuss expanding the business.
The Associated Press

VASSALBORO, Maine — The owner of a topless coffee shop is planning to close the business after being told his new signs violate zoning rules.

Donald Crabtree, owner of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, says he plans to close when his inventory is sold.

The original shop burned to the ground in 2009. Raymond Bellavance Jr. is accused of setting the fire and awaits trial. He was in a relationship with one of the waitresses. Since then, the coffee shop has continued inside a trailer on the property.

Crabtree told the Morning Sentinel he was told his signs were too big. He received notice of violations. One advertised a benefit topless car wash.

The shop prompted communities to adopt ordinances regulating where and when sexually oriented businesses can operate.

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