Café 8 ½ in Honolulu, Hawaii, has joined a growing list of establishments to deny service to Trump voters, with its “If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis” dictum.
The cafe was founded by Robert Warner, a former hair stylist for Vidal Sassoon in San Francisco and former restaurateur in Seattle, along with his wife Jali.
“Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump,” Jali said. “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.”
A photo of the sign was shared with FoxNews.com. One also is proudly posted on the café’s Facebook page, and was “liked” by some 40 people.
The decision by Café 8 ½ reflects other refusals of service, including one by a Maine gas company that declared it would no longer serve propane to Trump voters. One Albuquerque-based internet marketing company, 1st In SEO, said Trump voters were “not welcome.”
Hawaii voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton during the Nov. 8 election, and historically have supported Democrats in local and national races. In fact, just six Republicans are in the 51-member House, and the 25-member Senate is GOP-free.
Even so, numerous residents have expressed displeasure with the sign. Honolulu resident and Trump voter Susan Roberts told FoxNews.com she found the sign in “extreme poor taste.”
“It’s childish and very unprofessional,” she said in an email. “… The restaurant owner doesn’t have to worry … I will not be stepping foot in that establishment.”
For some, the restaurant’s proclamation is reminiscent of the days of discriminatory service, wherein restaurants would deny service to certain groups of people based on ethnicity, nationality or some other predetermined characteristic.
Willes Lee, former chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party and now president of National Federation of Republican Assemblies, told FoxNews.com the sign is discriminatory, resembling the “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 Lee, who is of Japanese descent.
One Yelp reviewer compared the restaurant’s stance to the famed “Soup Nazi” episode of 90s sitcom, Seinfeld.
“It was funny on Seinfeld, but this place can rot away. Stay away. Hawaii ain’t like this. There’s a lot of better places on the island than to have deal with extra crap like this,” the reviewer wrote.
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