Stumbling onto this article might have invoked some sort of déjà vu, right? Remember our recent headline about Vietnamese coffee shops in Southern California being shut down for having provocative and scantily clad women as employees? Well, similar situation in this article.
Just 370 miles north from Garden Grove, policemen recently found three female baristas in their mid-twenties working topless in a Vietnamese coffee joint in San Jose, California on September 7.
Cafe Quyên has been serving sweet, aromatic, brewed drinks for the past two decades; however, ever since the economy took a major hit, business has slowed down. As a result, Cafe Quyên (along with Vietnamese coffee shops in Southern California) decided to take on a different route to spark business and attracting more customers. Instead of selling tradition $4 cà phê sua dá (iced coffee) to their fellow customers, Cafe Quyên decided to sell $4 cà phê sua dá with a slightly different flavor: eye-candy baristas dressed in low cut tops, lacey lingerie, and bare-bottom bikinis with nothing but pasties covering their breasts.
As business comes back, customers are not coming to Cafe Quyên solely for coffee. Instead, customers (predominatly male clientele) come to Cafe Quyên for their half naked waitresses strolling through the cafe in their 5” heels. Many customers call Cafe Quyên the “Asian-Hooters,” providing food service and entertainment through attractive waitresses in revealing outfits. However, if one were to ever walk through the tinted doors of Cafe Quyên, it’s hard not to mistake Cafe Quyên as something a bit more scandalous.
With Cafe Quyen’s wide-mix reviews on Yelp, it’s difficult to determine what to expect. The reviews display a wide range of response, both positive and negative.
During night hours, Cafe Quyên transforms into a glowing Red Light District-esque environment, showcasing more revealing waitresses in thongs and g-strings. Customers occasionally witness waitresses dancing on coffee tables, as dollar bills begins to pile rapidly on the table.
Now, I for one have nothing against small businesses looking for innovate methods of attracting customers and therefore have nothing against these growing popular Cafe “Tê Mê” (bikini coffee shops). But when waitresses are topless in places like Cafe Quyên, then that’s when the problems begin. I understand that there are no laws against strip joints selling coffee, but there are zoning laws against coffee shops operating as strip joints. Cafe Quyên is not a strip joint. I feel that store managers should be vigilant about their baristas being topless in order to prevent any more legal harm inflicting on their business and most importantly, the dignity of these women. It’s quite unfair for these waitresses to have to go the extra yard to please many of the male customers, just to earn an extra dollar.
As for the topless baristas in Cafe Quyên, the three were sent to court and all received a citation. The owner on the other hand, walked away with no penalties. A double standard nonetheless.
What’s your opinion on these coffee shops? Should the county take legal action and ban these coffee shops? Or should these coffee shops continue to operate as they do? Share your thoughts.