CHELSEA – A white man who was punched by a black security guard at the Chelsea location of crazy milkshake purveyor Black Tap is suing the restaurant — claiming that the incident was “a racially-motivated assault” and hate crime where ownership is liable for damages.
According to the suit, Danforth Irwin, who is “medium height, average build, and white,” claims that around 4 p.m. on August 5, 2017, he tried to get into the 14th Street outpost, which has since closed due to a different lawsuit. Once there, Irwin asked to sit at an empty seat he saw at the bar, the complaint claims.
The hostess, though, allegedly said the spot was saved for a “friend” of the “security guard,” the complaint says. Irwin, “put off by the rudeness of the encounter” since Black Tap doesn’t take reservations, asked to speak to the manager, according to the complaint.
Shortly after, Irwin claims that the security guard went into his “personal space and aggressively berated him for no reason whatsoever”; he then alleges that he was “fearing for his safety,” so tried to take a photo of the empty bar seat with his phone, the complaint says.