Rabbi Thrown Out of Restaurant for Being Jewish or For Misunderstood Accent?

The day after a Jackson rabbi said he was thrown out of a restaurant because of his religion, the restaurant owner says it was all a misunderstanding over a “Jewish Salad.” Beth Israel Rabbi Ted Riter said he’s still stunned by what happened to him Tuesday at Wraps on Northside Drive. “I asked the owner if I could have a Greek salad to go and he said, ‘The regular size or the Jewish size?'” Riter said. “He just goes into a tirade, throwing out all these expletives, ‘Get out of here.'” Wraps owner John Ellis said he doesn’t have a problem with anyone. “The guy said he didn’t want to do any business with us. He was probably offended because we offer different salads — that’s all,” said Wraps owner John Ellis. “I said, ‘Greek salad or Jew?’ We have different salads. We have Carlito’s Way Salad. We have Grecian Salad. We have Jewish Salad. We have Greek Salad. We have Cesar Salad — we have a lot of salads. Names of salads derive from people; they don’t derive from the sky.” Neither the menu at the restaurant nor online made any mention of a Jewish salad, 16 WAPT’s Hadas Brown reported. Ellis said a Jewish salad contains French-fried potatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, flat-leaf parsley and mint.


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