For those who want to buy “Pantydropper” when they open the Pink Pantherz bikini
coffee shop on Friday (September 14th), they will have to order “Aloha”.
The owner of Pink Pantherz Jose Carmona said yesterday (September 12) that he has
reduced some of the more suggestive drink names and may be changing the barista uniforms
at the 2797 El Camino Real store in North Fair Oaks.
“We are changing something, but we will still be a womens high waisted bikini barista coffee shop,” Carmona
said. “But we are making some changes, so we are not going to be seen as adult
entertainment. We have not yet determined how the uniform looks, but we are studying it.
San Mateo County Planning Director Steve Monovets sent a letter to Carmona, which set a
clothing regulation for the company, saying that women’s bikinis must completely cover
their hips and breasts.
If the coffee shop staff wears less than what is needed, Pink Pantherz will be
considered an “adult entertainment business” under the county code and the area does
not allow such business. (Hanky ??Panky Strip Club, located at 2651 El Camino in North
Fair Oaks, has existed before the regulations and has passed.)
The uniforms of Pink Pantherz employees caused strong protests from residents of North
Fair Oaks who had sent messages to Carmona and the county magistrate about their dislike
of the store.
“I think the downside is that we are new to the community and they don’t know what we
are,” Carmona said. “We may be pushing this slightly, but in the end it allows us to
sponsor activities such as raising money for cancer.”
According to Carmona, Pink Pantherz organized a fundraising campaign for cancer patients
in the communities of Fresno, Modesto and Fremont, where his other coffee stalls are
Sister Christina Hersley, executive director of the St. Francis Center on the cafe
street, said yesterday that she was very excited about his concessions. Herzley led the
outreach to Carmona.
Hurzley said: “Change the name of the coffee to the name of a common coffee… and let
the workers wear it less violently. I think it is a serious concession.” “I think he has
heard the community.”