On Sunday, November 30, 2008 at approximately 11:30am, we entered the Red Robin Restaurant at the Flatiron Crossing Mall. A couple was in front of us, and was sat by the main host. We were then sat by a hostess/waitress. She attempted to sit us away from the other customers, at the corner of the kitchen and we requested a more suitable, less busy and more quiet location. She huffed at us and sat us further into the room with the other customers.
We waited and waited and waited, other people were sat and waited on at the tables right next to us, but no one ever came to wait on us, even though a waiter stayed at the wait station right behind our seat, and clearly knew we were present. This same waiter waited on all the other tables surrounding us, but refused to wait on us.
The other waiters and kitchen staff began pointing at us and making jokes and laughing very loudly. We finally stood up and left at which time the main host asked us why we were leaving. I told him that no one was waiting on us, and we left.
Why would this happen? Well, here's the rest of the detail: My wife and I are Sephardic Jews. My wife wears a Star of David necklace, and I have a very long kinky beard. Our ancestry is Spanish and Middle Eastern. Clearly, the restaurant staff and owner, (who was present during this entire escapade by the way), hate people of our faith and of our heritage and ethnicity.
Having checked around, I have found that this is not an isolated occurrence at Red Robing Restaurants around the country. They even have lost multi-million dollar law suits for discriminating against employees for their religions.
This behavior is illegal in the Untied States! I call for a nation wide boycott of ALL Red Robin Restaurants until if and when they ever stop discriminating against customers and employees for their religions and ethnicity.