Clovis council gets petition against bikini-baristas coffee shop

The Fresno BeeApril 21, 2014 

The Clovis City Council will review Bottom's Up, a coffee shop featuring bikini-clad baristas, at the May 19 meeting after a Clovis resident presented a petition at Monday's meeting with about 150 signatures calling for action.

Candice Eslick presented her case to the council during the public comment session and said all she asks is that the shop move its menu inside. On the Bottom's Up menu are drinks with names like "Get Lai'ed" and "Screamer." Eslick, a working mother and grandmother who lives one block away from the shop on Shaw and Peach avenues, said she has seen young children reading the menu and taking photos next to the "half naked girls" who work there.

Eslick urged the City Council to stand by "sending a message to our young girls that this is not the way to do business."

Council Member Bob Whalen and Mayor Lynne Ashbeck agreed to put the issue on the council's May 19 agenda because of the petition. At that meeting, the City Council will analyze whether or not it can require the coffee shop to move its menu inside.

The City Council will also review the shop's business license. Eslick said when the shop first opened it was an energy bar, but 30 days later the shop closed, underwent renovations and reopened as Bottom's Up.

Clovis City Attorney David Wolfe said when the issue was brought to his attention the business was in compliance with all codes.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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