Looks like putting up a sign telling Trump supporters that they weren’t welcome wasn’t such a good business move after all. Restaurateur, Robert Warner, who declared on a bright yellow, handmade sign, which he taped to the front door glass at Cafe 8/12 that he wasn’t too appreciative of Trump supporters…and that’s putting it nicely!
“If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,”
While Warner claims business has been better than ever since the story went viral in news media across the world, he took the notice down on Wednesday, telling Hawaii News Now: “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.”
Jali Warner, Warner’s wife, told FoxNews.com the same on Tuesday, noting if a Trump supporter ate there, “we don’t put anything different in your food.” Neither could be reached for comment by phone this week because the phone consistently rang busy.
Warner is known to channel the “soup Nazi” persona of New York City and “Seinfeld” fame — “throwing pots and pans,” “telling off customers,” and “hanging not-so-friendly reminders on butcher paper for his customers to read.”
“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.”
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.
Many, if not most, of recent Yelp comments came from the mainland. One described eating bad pizza when Cafe 8 1/2 doesn’t serve pizza. Several described getting poor service from multiple servers although the establishment is a two-person operation.
The restaurant’s Yelp page got so busy that Yelp web monitors threw an “Active Cleanup Alert” of the possible removal of “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.”
Warner, who does not vote, said the sign wasn’t meant to turn away people on the basis of whom they supported for president, but only as a personal expression of his view on the matter and as a warning that Trump supporters might find the environment of the restaurant unappealing.
The publicity also triggered a slew of negative telephone calls, most with mainland prefixes.