Owner to close topless coffee shop in Vassalboro after notice of violations

Posted May 07, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.
Last modified May 08, 2011, at 2:18 p.m.

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.