The most controversial coffee shop in the US, the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Main, has reopened in a 12 by 60 foot trailer. The coffee shop’s original structure, owned by Don Crabtree, was a victim of arsenein June of this year. It is suspected that the fire was set as a protest to the toples alternative to the traditional coffee shop model in the US.
Crabtree intends to build a new building, moving the coffee shop from the trailer, as soon as he can raise the money to do so. Unfortunately, the debris from the original fire is still on the property and the towns people did not want Crabtree to reopen the shop until the debris was removed from the property. “Some people just don’t like it they think it should be cleaned before it opens. I can’t clean that up without the doors being open,” Crabtree said. He feels that he and his employees are victims of harassment.
The owner of the Grand View Coffee shop, which was destroyed by an arsonist last week, plans to have his waitresses, clothed, in the parking lot of the once hot establishment, taking up donations in an effort to raise money to rebuild. They will give out free coffee and donuts. The coffee shop, which is located in Vassalboro, Ma., had no insurance on the building or equipment. Reportedly, the fire was set just hours after the owner discussed making the coffee shop more like a strip club with local officials.
Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine. burned to the ground on Wednesday morning shortly after midnight. A state fire inspection said that it was arson. The building was a complete loss.
Donald Crabtree, the shop’s owner, says that he intends to rebuild. His home was attached to the Grand View Coffee Shop. He and his family have been forced into a hotel due to the fire. Mr. Crabtree’s two 4 month old grandchildren were among those in the attached residence at the time the fire was set.
Mr. Crabtree had no insurance on the property, but said that he would reopen temporarily on the lot in a trailer if necessary.
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