Cowgirls Bikini Barista Stand in Renton Closed by Health Department

Cowgirls is in the news for the second day in a row, this time with one stand closed due to lack of hot water. On Monday it was reported that a man had been charged with voyeurism for trying to watch a Cowgirls barista change clothes.

Update, March 6: The stand reopened Tuesday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Editor's note: The name of the agency that issued the closure notice is Public Health-Seattle & King County. The original story, which listed an incorrect agency, has been corrected.

ORIGINAL, March 5:

Another Cowgirls Espresso stand in Renton is in the news, this time with one on Park Avenue North being closed Tuesday by Public Health-Seattle & King County for having no available hot water.

On Monday you might recall, we reported that a Maple Valley man is facing voyeurism charges for allegedly climbing on an ice box to watch a bikini barista change clothes at a Cowgirls Espresso stand on Lake Washington Boulevard North.

The department issued the following notice Tuesday about the Cowlgirls stand on Park Avenue:

Cowgirls Espresso located at 314 Park Ave N, Renton, WA 98057 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am due to the imminent health hazard of no available hot water. The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that hot water has been restored.
The Food establishment closures homepage is online at www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/closures

Cowgirls Espresso operates 15 bikini barista stands, three in Renton, its website pointing out, “This is no ordinary coffee!”

Patch will update this story when the Park Avenue stand is allowed to reopen.


What do you think? Is this type of espresso stand appropriate for Renton or do they lend themselves to trouble? Please tell us in the comments box below.

Kristina S March 05, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I wish the bikini and lingerie coffee stands were not allowed in residential neighborhoods, or within visual distance of schools, places of worship, parks and community centers. While I don't condone anyone wearing those "uniforms" to work, and I'm not saying they should be shut down, but I believe the young ladies are exposing themselves to perhaps more than they may have intended (i.e. yesterday's voyeur).
Greg Johnston (Editor) March 05, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Thanks for your thoughts Kristina! -Greg Johnston, filling in today on Renton Patch.
Jim March 06, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Aside from the fact that they are wearing bikini's and making coffee. They aren't even making good coffee. The coffee industry is a growing industry and people are working hard to provide better quality coffee every day, and every time a bikini stand opens up, it disgraces the specialty coffee industry. Coffee is purchased from 3rd world countries, by people that get paid pennies on the pound, than shipped to a roaster. This roasters job is to roast the coffee to the best of their ability and sell it to a coffee shop that will than highlight it. Bikini barista stands focus more on syrup and milk than coffee and they give coffee a bad name. "Clothes them all".
Megan March 06, 2013 at 03:26 AM
If (majority) men didn't support the business, they wouldn't be in business. I live 2 blocks away and have never gone there. My parents live by the other one by Coulon and never go there. I don't blame the girls, it's where people choose to spend their money.
Margaret Santjer March 06, 2013 at 05:42 PM
The stand was reopened at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to Public Health-Seattle & King County.
jay nelson March 07, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The only thing the health department found was a faulty water tank that was only broken for 1 hour. The stand reopened 2 hours later. You people have nothing better to do than bash a great buiness that employes local people ????
Mario March 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
My wife and I are customers and have had nothing but the best customer service. Glad to see cowgirls got this issue resolved quickly.
Julie M. Giraud March 07, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Reading this article I’m having a hard time believing that something so minimal has even made a newspaper, on-line or not. A theme based coffee stand being shut down for ONE hour, over a faulty hot water tank, that was less than a year old and was working fine earlier that day is ridiculous. This suggests to me that this “Renton Patch” may have some personal vendetta against Cowgirls in particular for some unknown reason considering the amount of actual news that could be reported instead of… not being able to get a cup of coffee for a little over an hour. I was a customer of one of the larger coffee houses until I tried a coffee beverage from a Cowgirls stand, that being said I have been a faithful Cowgirls customer ever since that first cup. If people dug a little further into Cowgirls and what they actually stand for and do to support our community they may be amazingly surprised. Lumping Cowgirls into the broad classification of “bikini barista stands” is extremely small minded and is as accurate as saying that all steak houses are and should be the same.
Julie M. Giraud March 07, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Another quick thought... Adding a comment (addressing the Patch), posting a comment is NOT updating a story! A reprint would be more acceptable and true to your statement.
Greg Johnston (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Julie, nothing could be further from the truth. Seattle/King Public Health closed the stand and issued a press advisory, and we reported it, as is our obligation. Cowgirls was also involved in an incident reported just the day before, which made this news more compelling. Also, if you open the story up you'll see we reported the reopening there too, not just as a comment. -Greg Johnston, Patch field editor
Tami E. March 07, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I couldn't agree more with Julie. There seems to be a coffee stand on most corners these days, with some giving the industry a bad rap, thus making ALL coffee stands a target for a news story. Perhaps a good news story would be how Cowgirls Espressos is different than most barista stands. The owner does an amazing job of contributing to charitable causes WITH her employees, is involved in the communities her stands reside, works to empower the young women she employs and keeps a clean business inside and out. You say that it was news worthy because Cowgirls was in the news twice. Story #1 - The Renton Patch does not give more than one full sentence about the peeping tom on Monday. The barista did nothing wrong, nor Cowgirls, yet the police were thrilled to have this guy off the streets because of the crimes he had committed. How about covering how another creep will not be harming the residence of Renton because this girl kept calm and worked with the police. Story #2 - Okay, the hot water tank broke and was fixed within hours. By the time the first comment was made on this page, the problem was fixed and the stand approved to reopen, yet the update did happen until the following day. Don't like their coffee or the way it is being served, then don't stop by. This seems to be a case of judging the book not by the cover, but the critic reviews.
Greg Johnston (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Tami, Seattle/King County Public Health closed the stand, not Patch, and we report all closures by Seattle/King County Public in Patch site towns. We think any public health issue is worth reporting; obviously the health agency considered it an issue, since it closed the stand. Also, you did not follow the hyperlink to our previous story about the alleged voyeurism incident, we had the full story only the day before: http://renton.patch.com/articles/sex-offender-accused-of-peeping-on-renton-bikini-barista. Nothing in this story condemns or judges the stand. We did call it a bikini barista stand, for the simple reason that the baristas do in fact wear bikinis. We will continue to report health closures in Renton regardless of where they occur.
Tami E. March 08, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Thank you for your reply Greg. Yet again, the Patch missed the point.


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