Yianni Allis or John Ellis? A Jew salad, or no Jew salad? Reb-eye or rabbi? This story is full of holes. . .but the rabbi seems more credible than Yianni/John.
According to Howard Portnoy at Liberty Unyielding:
“A Jackson, Mississippi, rabbi claims that he was actually offered this menu item at a local restaurant from which he was ultimately ejected”
According to TheBlaze, station WAPT spoke with Ellis who insisted it was all a misunderstanding and that the restaurant does in fact sell a “Jewish salad.” But when the station checked the menu online, it discovered that no “Jewish salad” had been listed as a menu option until after the alleged incident.
The Clarion-Ledger reports:
Rabbi Ted Riter of the Beth Israel Congregation said he went to Wraps in Maywood Mart Tuesday for lunch, and he ordered a salad.
Riter said a man he believed to be the owner replied, “A full size or a Jewish size?”
When asked what he meant by that, Riter said the man said, “It’s small. Jews are cheap and small. Everybody knows that.”
Riter said he was incredulous, and that he thought perhaps he might have heard him wrong, so he said, “Did you really just say that?” and the man asked him if he was a Jew. When Riter said yes, he was told to leave the restaurant.
The owner of the restaurant, John Ellis, agreed to an interview with reporters in which he appears reluctant to comment at times. In it, he says, “I don’t know the rabbi [which he pronounces as ‘reb-eye’], I never met the rabbi, I don’t know who’s a rabbi.”
Riter confirms that he didn’t identify himself as a rabbi:
Continue reading at Liberty Unyielding:
Then, there was another meeting:
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.”
Friday’s meeting between Wraps owner John Ellis and Rabbi Ted Riter lasted about five minutes. The two men shook hands and sat down at a table at the back of the shop. In an interview Wednesday with 16 WAPT News, Ellis said it was a misunderstanding. He said the restaurant sells a Jewish salad and a Greek salad. During Friday’s meeting with Riter, Ellis said the rabbi must have misunderstood him because of his Greek accent.
“I know what I heard and I was insulted and you did curse at me and tell me to get out,” Riter said. Ellis apologized again and asked to name a salad after the Riter, an offer the rabbi refused.
Ellis claimed that he has received phone calls from people threatening to march on his business. He asked Riter to call the people off, but Riter said he had nothing to do with it. “When people have asked if there should be a march or something like that, I’ve discouraged it,” Riter said. “I don’t want that kind of extra anxiety to be created between you and your establishment and the community.”
The Wraps menu didn’t include a Jewish salad when a 16 WAPT News crew was at the restaurant Wednesday, but a Jewish salad was listed on the menu Friday.
So ends the great Jewish Salad Summit in Missouri..
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