After a “bikini baristas” shop in Seattle closed after failing to attract enough customers, a new coffee shop employing shirtless men opened up in its place.
The owners of Dreamboyz Espresso say it’s currently the only coffee stand operated by shirtless men in Washington state.
The new all-male barista stand, which opened on Sept. 13, is reportedly turning a lot of heads and attracting plenty of thirsty customers.
“I saw a hunky guy in there,” said Jacob Haeger, who lives in the neighborhood.
“There was a topless guy sitting in there with swollen pecs and whatnot,” he said.
“I saw it was men running it and that was even more awesome. They’re in these kind of brief bikinis and they’re all very good looking young men, so I think both men and women will enjoy the difference,” said local resident Shoma Goomansingh.
“I worked for Starbucks a couple years back and I really enjoyed being a barista,” said Brandon Peters, one of the coffee stand’s new employees.
“I felt like why can women do it but men can’t?” said Ja’shaun Williams, another one of the new employees.
The owners of Dreamboyz Espresso also own 45 LadyBug Bikini Espresso stands with female baristas across Washington and Oregon.
After their LadyBug Bikini stand closed a few months ago due to a lack of business, the owners said they decided to try hiring hunky men to serve coffee instead.
“I thought it was fun. I’ve never seen anything like it and I was like yeah, hell yeah this is Capitol Hill. Bring it on,” Haeger said.
Residents told KIRO 7 they couldn’t think of a better place for the all-male shop than in Seattle’s Pride central.
“I definitely like the idea of equality with it now. A male stand and female stands. I really like it and I think it’s a cool form of a little bit of entertainment with your coffee,” Haeger said.
“Everyone’s been very appropriate and respectful. I appreciate it, I love it,” Williams said.