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Bikini-clad baristas fill cups at Torrance coffeehouse

August 3, 2009 | 10:49 am

Here's a new way to compete against Starbucks. A coffeehouse in Torrance is trying to reel in customers with servers dressed in bikinis.

And Bikini Espresso isn't even located near the beach -- it's way out on Hawthorne Boulevard.

As one customer told the Daily Breeze, "I used to come to the old shop. I used to come because it's close. I may come for a different reason now."

More details from reporter Muhammed El-Hasan:

The South Bay's only drive-through bikini coffee shop opened Sunday, serving up lattes and cappuccinos made by young bikini-clad baristas.

Bikini Espresso, on Hawthorne Boulevard just south of 190th Street in Torrance, opened in the former location of Fox Hollow Coffee, a more conventional drive-through cafe that recently shut down.

"We're offering entertainment, coffee with a tease, if you will," said Gary Gillett, the store's managing partner. 

-- Shelby Grad

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