Rabbi Ted Riter of Beth Israel said he went to Wraps on Northside Drive for lunch.
Riter said he tried to order a Greek salad, and an employee used an anti-Semitic slur and eventually threw him out of the business.
The business owner denied Riter's claim.
"He said, 'You know Jews are small and cheap? Everyone knows that,' and I said to him, 'Did you really just say that to me?' And he said, 'Are you Jewish?' I said, 'Yes,'" Riter said.
"He didn't know exactly what he wanted, and we offered him our services, and that's the extent of it. Like I said, I have no animosity. I have good Jewish friends," a restaurant representative said.
Riter said he has visited the business a couple of times and had no previous problems.
JACKSON, Miss. —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.
"He said, 'You know Jews are small and cheap? Everyone knows that,' and I said to him, 'Did you really just say that to me?' And he said, 'Are you Jewish?' I said, 'Yes,'" Riter said on Tuesday.
Ellis said he never called Riter cheap.
"I said it was a smaller salad than the larger salad," Riter said. "Again, it's misunderstood. I didn't know the man. I didn't know if he was Jewish."
Riter, who has only been in Jackson about three months, said he doesn't plan to take legal action against Ellis.
"I don't want to cause a further rift between the store owner and the larger Jackson community," Riter said.
Ellis, too, wants to make amends.
"If the rabbi would like, I will name a salad after him. I will gladly name a Riter Salad," Ellis said.
Ellis said he's trying to make a living and doesn't discriminate against anyone.
Personally Babushka would not have even entered that restaurant, Babushka only eats at restaurants that are strictly kosher. It would appear this menu item was kosher, that is, it contained only vegetarian ingredients but it may have come into contact with non-kosher ingredients while it was being prepared. However that was not the cause of the dispute. The cause of the dispute was that the restaurant owner is a bigoted asshole.
That said, Babushka hopes the rabbi & his friends never enter that restaurant ever again.