Hawaii cafe owner who didn’t vote says he doesn’t regret posting sign refusing service to Trump voters

On Wednesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Robert Warner, chef and restaurant co-owner of Cafe 8 1/2, took down the sign refusing service to Trump voters, saying that has no regrets posting it in the first place.

According to the Star-Advertiser:

The sign at the downtown Honolulu restaurant said, “If you voted for Trump, you cannot eat here! No Nazis.”

Robert Warner, chef and restaurant co-owner, said he took down the pencil-scrawled sign this morning because he felt there was no point in keeping it up.

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“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.”

It was not a financial decision because “that’s not the way I do things,” he said. Removal of the sign was prompted by other priorities, he said. “If there’s a little open space for us being human together, then that’s great.”

The report added:

He doesn’t regret — and isn’t apologizing — for putting the sign up in the first place, he said. “I just ended it because I felt like ending it, and that’s my prerogative.”

The sign had generated a swarm of mostly negative reviews and comments on the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages after a foxnews.com story on it Tuesday morning.

Warner, the report further said, doesn’t even vote and claimed the sign wasn’t intended to turn customers away based on who they supported for president.  Instead, he added, it was just a way to express his personal opinion.

His sign sparked a great deal of anger across the country, and the restaurant’s Yelp page was so flooded with negative comments, the site had to throw an “Active Cleanup Alert” to remove “both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer’s personal consumer experience with the business.”

Here’s video of his claim:


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