Dutch Bros Putting the Squeeze on the Bikini Barista
The new Dutch Bros Coffee opened on Mission Street not far from the Bikini Coffee Co. I think we can start calling that section of Highway 22, "Caffeine Alley" based on the number of places you can buy a cup of joe between 12th Street and the airport. Drivers will need a pick me up in the morning as they drive down Mission because the city is trying to put up a red light camera at the intersection with 25th Street. Dutch Bros has been known for opening new stores on commuter routes next to existing coffee stands. This seems to be one more obstacle for the Bikini Barista to stay in business. A center divider was put in on Mission Street recently, making it harder to turn left into their parking lot than it is to walk across the border from Mexico. If your headed to I5 and don't want to bother with a u-turn on a major state highway and you don't want to contribute to the Dutch Bros takeover of Salem, your other options are a bus parked in front of the "Adult Shop" and a gas station. Maybe they offer a free cup with a fill up. That would be just fine for me.