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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Everett wins on bikini barista dress code, but no Spokane legislation in sight

Although the clothing may feel freeing, serving up coffee in a bikini – or less – at a business isn’t free expression protected by the First Amendment, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The ruling relates to the “Dress Code Ordinance” created by the city of Everett requiring employees to wear at least a tank top and shorts at “quick service facilities” because of a “proliferation of crimes of a sexual nature” occurring at local bikini barista stands. The owner of a local bikini barista chain and seven employees responded with a lawsuit in 2017.

Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived

In the food industry, it seems, the robot revolution is well underway. Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour – equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company.

Spokane Starbucks bans 37YO male customer who hit on teen barista

A 37-year-old Spokane man is claiming age discrimination after he was barred from a Spokane Starbucks after asking a teenage barista on a date. The man, Lucas Werner, runs a website and Facebook profile dedicated to promoting his belief that older men and younger women produce healthier babies. Did Starbucks do the right thing by banning him?

Doug Clark: Spokane’s trendiest spots share one thing – Mark Camp

I’m an hour into my trek through the historic “Washington Cracker Co.” building, 304 W. Pacific Ave., and it appears my impish tour guide has saved the funhouse part like an ace up his sleeve. Funny. The bright second-floor restrooms that Mark Camp has led me to look normal enough.

Coffee stands’ owner defends baristas’ attire

Baristas offering drive-thru customers an eyeful of flesh with their coffee have drawn the ire of many residents; this week, they face possible crackdowns in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Yet the woman who owns three of the risqué coffee stands insists there’s nothing illegal going on: No one is forced to buy the coffee. None of the baristas are forced to work there.

Flashing incident prompts commission change

An encounter that involved a sheriff’s detective flashing a barista at a drive-up coffee stand has led to a new state law that Spokane County will use to expand the volunteer panel that overturned the detective’s firing. It took nearly three years, an act of the Legislature and a signature from Gov. Chris Gregoire to get from the flashing to the expansion. But county commissioners said Tuesday they will probably increase the board from three to five members this summer.