|This photo taken on Aug. 25, 2014, shows Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski, Vt. The restaurant took down a bacon advertisement, a sign stating "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" after a woman who described herself as "a vegan and a member of a Muslim household" called the sign offensive.(AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, April Burbank)
WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so.
Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" after comments were posted in an online community forum by "a vegan and a member of a Muslim household." Vegans and Muslims don't eat pork.
Sneakers' menu features items including a breakfast sandwich with homemade turkey bacon. Owner Marc Dysinger says the sign was meant to be fun and to show the restaurant cares about Winooski, a city of 7,000 residents with many Muslim families.
The Burlington Free Press reports people have criticized the restaurant for what they feel was an unnecessary move. The restaurant has hired a public-relations firm to help it deal with the bad publicity.