The bikini baristas made their Bellevue debut in a Chevron parking lot Saturday. By Monday, residents had coordinated a letter-writing campaign to Chevron and organized to speak to the Bellevue City Council at a meeting tonight about it, and stations including KING-TV and KOMO-TV had aired stories about its appearance.
The sign for Knotty Bodies Espresso went up last Thursday at the intersection of Northeast Eighth Street and 164th Avenue Northeast, said resident Nick Bean, who took pictures of the bright-red hut and emailed them to other residents.
“I was incredulous,” he said.
The stand, in the Crossroads/ Lake Hills area, opened Saturday, and sure enough, the baristas were scantily clad, he said.
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Residents were angry. The stand is right next to a water park popular with kids, and a youth services center for troubled teens and a skateboard park also are nearby, residents said. People were offended by the sign, which shows a woman coyly looking back over her shoulder and wearing a bikini bottom but no top.
The owner told KING-TV that he intentionally built the stand without a window facing the water park.
Kimberly Nelson lives just blocks away and has two daughters. There’s a bus stop near the espresso stand and several bus routes pass through the intersection, she said.
She is concerned that five bikini-clad baristas in Everett were charged with prostitution earlier this year.
“I really don’t think that’s an appropriate activity for children to witness,” she said.