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Coffee Shop Will Feature Shirtless Men

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) You've heard of bikini baristas. Now get ready for beefcake baristas.

Spokane, a battleground in the bikini barista wars, soon will be home to a coffee shop staffed by shirtless men.

Owner Chris Mullins, 28,has been prepping for his new business, Hot Cup of Joe. The grand opening is Friday.

Hes been busy telling his customers about his plans and has gotten mostly positive feedback. Everybody weve had through has come back, Mullins said. Mostly its been good. Most of the customers that come here anyway are women. Really I havent had a lot of male reaction.

Men will, however, receive a $1 discount if they visit the coffee stand. The stand will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Mullins sees his new focus as equal opportunity, a counterpoint to the bikini barista stands. This is something the women have been crying out for for a while, he said.

The bikini coffee shops have faced opposition, particularly when they advertised topless Tuesdays. On those days the women wore nothing but g-strings and pasties. The city of Spokane considered but did not pass an ordinance regulating bikini barista attire while the city of Spokane Valley approved new rules setting barista clothing requirements.

Mullins said he has no interest in pushing the boundaries of modesty, though he says his employees may eventually wear only cute, classy underwear in addition to being shirtless. Were not going to be wearing thongs, he said. Theres not going to be any implied nudity.

The experience for customers will be more about the entertainment than the coffee, Mullins said.