A Valley coffee shop is brewing up controversy as it plans to open a location in Tempe.
But it's not the coffee that's causing a hot debate, it's what the baristas at Bikini Beans Espresso wear to serve you your coffee.
Bikini Beans Espresso has a location at Seventh Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix and the owners said business has been booming, so much so that they are opening a second location on Scottsdale Road in Tempe.
But Tempe Councilman Kolby Granville is not a fan.
Granville, who also teaches and coaches girls cross country, took to Facebook to share his disdain for the business model.
"Part of the whole equality equation is making rational economic choices, the frustrating part for me is that dressing up in a bikini is the rational economic choice," Granville said.
The elected official takes issue with the idea that even in 2015 a woman's earning potential increases when her clothing decreases and he hopes the community doesn't support it -- something that doesn't sit well with the owners.
"Not knowing about our business model, not knowing what my wife and I had to do to get to this point in terms of the sacrifice and the hard work that we've had to put in, to try and take food off our table, so to speak," said Bikini Beans owner Ben Lyles.
Lyles and his wife said they're all about empowering women and serving a solid cup of coffee in the process.
The owners hope to have the Tempe location open early next year and a third location in Old Town Scottsdale is on the horizon, as well.
Granville is running for re-election in 2016.
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