Stassi Schroeder on Life at Sur Before 'Vanderpump'
Stassi and Kellie Decker spill the goods on the restaurant's early days—and how the show changed it.
If you were looking for some behind-the-scenes secrets of what working at SUR is really like, look no further. Stassi Schroeder is spilling the goods on her new podcast Straight Up With Stassi.
The former Vanderpump Rules star and SURver was recently joined by bestie and the restaurant's staffer Kellie Decker—and they weren't shy sharing what life was like at the West Hollywood hotspot before film started rolling.
Kellie, who was employed prior to Stassi's arrival—"Way before there was a television show!"—admitted that things were quite different in many ways. First things first, the dress code wasn't always so chic. "Let's just say I wore cowboy boots, jean shorts, and a cutoff t-shirt that said 'SUR,'" Kellie shares.
And although the two eventually became besties, it took some adjusting on Kellie's end, who wasn't thrilled with newcomers—especially ones who shared her hair color. "All of a sudden these tall beautiful skinny girls walk in and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' she says. "I was the only blonde. And then Stassi walks in. I was like, 'Guillermo, why did you hire another blonde?"
One thing that united the pair? Being badasses. "We'd have a full section and then be wasted and run down the streets and smoke in little shop areas," Stassi says. "Kellie and I used to hide and bring miniature wine bottles and bring them into the bathroom and get drunk." Obviously this wasn't manager-approved. "Guillermo and our bosses would come knocking on the door: 'Stassi? Kellie? I know you're in there!' And we would be like, 'It's like Jurassic Park. If we stand still, no one will know we're in here.'"
Another difference before the show was the lack of drama. "Before the show happened, the original crew, we had so much fun!" Stassi explains. "It was such a great atmosphere. There was no drama ever. People just got along, and had fun, and drank. We would go out every night after work. It was actually a family."
Despite the changes at SUR over the years, one thing will never change: Kellie's appreciation for her friendship with Stassi. "I'm so proud of you Stassi," she gushes. "I don't care, people who say stuff about you out there, anyone that has something bad to say about you, I just want to slap in the face. I think you're one of the most realest, smartest, honest person I have ever met."