Ruby Rose attacks New Orleans bartender with French fries
Tending bar in New Orleans can be a lot of fun. It’s like a big party with tons of tips. But then again, there are also the out-of-control out-of-towners, which is a downside.
In this case, said out-of-towner was Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose. The actress, DJ and Australian model, who recently headlined a show at Tampa’s own Beach Bar, was kicked out of a NoLa restaurant on Friday (the 13th) after chucking French fries at a server.
“She was having like a tantrum. She was awful,” Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen owner Seung Hong told the Times-Picayune, noting that Rose “cursed out” the bartender as well. “She was a horrible person,” Hong added.
Rose took to Facebook on Saturday to tell her side of the story, claiming that it took an hour to receive the fries and that she and her entourage waited 90 minutes for food that never came.
“When I asked about it, the bartender offered us drinks,” Rose wrote. “I explained I’m sober, but thank you.”
When the bartender allegedly “made some really rude and vulgar comments to the table” and made “repeated derogatory jokes about the sobriety I worked so hard to achieve,” Rose wrote, “… I threw a singular fry at him.”
Rose said the bartender continued to harass her group as they were getting up to leave, so she continued the French fry onslaught.
“Every day I learn new lessons about handling cultural and social ignorance. I am deeply regretful to the French fry and I am regretful that I reacted at all,” she wrote. “Maybe next time I won’t throw fries, then again, maybe next time that bartender won’t tell someone who is sober to 'go call your f---ing sponsor!’”
The DJ was in New Orleans to perform at the Metropolitan Nightclub. Hong said Rose’s group called ahead and were told that there were several large groups already waiting to be seated. Rose’s group was seated within 15 minutes of arrival and received their appetizers 40 minutes after they were ordered.
“I offered to comp the appetizers, but (Rose) was losing her cool, and then I offered to buy them a round of drinks,” Hong said. “One of my bartenders was walking by and could tell they were upset, and (Rose) threw food at him. … Ruby told my bartender that if she was a bigger man, she would kick my ass, meaning me.”
“Ruby was already kind of pretty over the top upset, kind of laying into me, which — whatever, I’m in the service industry and it’s my job to please customers,” Hong said, adding, “It was the first time I’ve ever had to ask someone to leave, and it was Ruby Rose.”
At least it’s a better story than the one about that time I had to throw a grandpa out of a breakfast restaurant on Mother’s Day 2006. #NeverForget