- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Hawaii restaurant has reportedly posted a sign alerting supporters of President-elect Donald Trump that they aren’t welcome.

Café 8½ in downtown Honolulu boasts a handwritten note on its front glass door that reads, “If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,” Fox News reported Tuesday.

The cafe was reportedly founded by Robert Warner, a former hair stylist and Seattle restaurateur, along with his wife Jali. Jali said the restaurant doesn’t actually refuse service to Mr. Trump’s supporters, and she insisted they don’t “put anything different” in the food ordered by his supporters.

“Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump,” she told Fox. “If people take it personally or it hurts them, we cannot help. That’s why we say they have [a] choice if they want to come or not come. We don’t force them.”

Jali said three people called to complain about the sign when it first went up last month and “that’s it.”

“We don’t want to create trouble,” she said. “There is enough trouble in the world.”

Still, the note has caused a stir on the restaurant’s Facebook and Yelp pages.

“How soon we forget the wrath a bakery in the mainland faced for not wanting to service homosexuals,” one Yelp user wrote. “I always thought liberals were all encompassing and conservatives discriminating. This restaurant is an example of reverse discrimination or hypocritical discrimination.”

“What a way to alienate your customers and potential customers! Grow up. Not very professional and lacking business and common sense!” another wrote.

“Mixes politics with their service,” wrote another. “Posted a sign that if you voted for xxx they won’t serve you. Not posting the presidential candidates name because it shouldn’t matter. People should be able to get food without hearing a political message. I will never go back again.”

Willes Lee, former chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party and current president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, told Fox that the sign is discriminatory, and harks back to “racist and hate-filled” days before statehood.

“Remember when Filipinos couldn’t go in certain places, or Japanese wouldn’t be allowed [in] many homes? And, it didn’t matter who they voted for,” said Mr. Lee, who is of Chinese descent, Fox reported.

Despite the recent negative attention, the cafe still had a 3½-star rating out of 5 on Yelp as of Tuesday afternoon.

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