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BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- Facing stiff competition from nationwide coffee shop chains, one Maine businessman wants to offer more than just a regular cup of cappuccino to perk up his customers -- so he's hiring topless waitresses.

Normand St Michel submitted an application with the town of Madison, Maine, to open a topless coffee bar named the Heavenly Angels Coffee Shop.

"He has the go-ahead as far as the town is concerned," said Robert Dunphy, the town's code enforcement officer, adding that the project does not violate Madison's obscenity ordinance.

With that hurdle cleared, St Michel now has to make the establishment accessible to disabled customers and compliant with fire safety standards.

And even though city laws do not require the Heavenly Angels to impose an age limit, St Michel has decided to only admit those 18 or over.

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