SEATTLE - Don't call them bikini baristas. They wear "costumes" - whether it's a naughty nurse or a wicked witch.
No matter how you dress it up, though, it's the latest salvo in the ongoing culture war over scantily clad women serving up steaming cups of coffee.
The name is simple enough: "Baristas." It's the product of five Northwest entrepreneurs who want to establish a national chain of "costume coffee stands."
"It's Starbucks meets Hooters," says Baristas President Troy Scott Steciw. "This is a unique business model that we think will do very well across the country."
The partners are purchasing existing bikini barista stands across Western Washington and remodeling both the stands and the women working them.
"There are no bikinis," says Steciw. "In fact, they're wearing more clothing than the women wear at the bikini stands. It's basically what you would see on the sidelines on any given NFL Sunday."
So far there are 14 such stands from Tacoma to Snohomish.
Steciw says Baristas is planning a stock offereing and is in the process of lining up investors.