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HONOLULU (AP) — The owner of a Honolulu restaurant has taken down a sign from the business’ front door telling those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump that they can’t dine there.
The sign on Cafe 8 ½ said, “If you voted for Trump, you cannot eat here! No Nazis.”
The sign had been up since the election, and co-owner Robert Warner said he decided to remove it Wednesday because he “felt like ending it.”
“It’s not necessary anymore,” Warner said. “It ran its course . no need for more aggravation for me or them and all that. No problem, no big deal to me.”
The message on the sign had garnered the attention of Fox News and other national news media. It also prompted a spike in both positive and negative reviews on the restaurant’s Yelp page.
Warner said the sign wasn’t intended to turn Trump supporters away and was only a personal expression of his views.
“If somebody came in and said, ‘Hey, I know you can’t tell who I voted for, but I voted for Trump. Would you let me eat?’ I would say, ‘Sure, if you’re nice with me and I’m nice with you and you like my food, sit down, no problem,’” Warner said.
Jenly Chen, who has eaten at the restaurant on several occasions, told Hawaii News Now she wasn’t affected by the sign.
“As for me, I really don’t care . the food is still good. We’re here for the food,” Chen said.
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