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Hawaii Restaurant Bans Trump Supporters (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

A restaurant in Hawaii is facing some backlash for posting a sign banning supporters of President-elect Donald Trump.

Honolulu’s Cafe 8 ½ is known for its signature dishes, such as the "Radiatore Verde” and “Italian stir fry,” Fox News reported. But an anti-Trump sign displayed on the mom-and-pop restaurant's front door is getting mixed reviews.

The bright yellow handmade sign reads: “If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis.”

Photos of the sign were shared throughout social media.

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“…The next time you're in Honolulu, eat lunch here, not only are they on the right side of things, the food is delicious and reasonable,” wrote one Facebook user.

While some people applauded the sign, others were not so amused.

“It's childish and very unprofessional,” Susan Roberts, a Honolulu resident and avid Trump supporter, told Fox News. “… The restaurant owner doesn't have to worry ... I will not be stepping foot in that establishment.”

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"I've eaten here twice in the past during vacations. Food has always been good, service decent," wrote one Yelp reviewer. "But the nonsense sign is a huge turnoff. Doesn't matter if it was saying the opposite thing (ie no Clinton supporters). It's simply inappropriate.

"I shall not be going back which is a shame as we're just planning another visit to Hawaii for 2017."

The cafe was founded by Robert Warner and his wife, Jali, who told Fox News the sign was not meant to be taken seriously, adding that they "don't put anything different" in your food if you are a Trump supporter.

“Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump,” Jali told the news station. “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.”

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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received plenty of support from Hawaii on Election Day. Hawaii has had a strong history of supporting Democrats.

“The [restaurant] owners might want to make a better sign since Trump will undoubtedly be in office for eight years," said Willes Lee, president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.

Sources: Fox News, Yelp, Cafe 8 1/2/Facebook / Photo Credit: Kauhi Ahana/Facebook

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