When Los Angeles shut down for the pandemic, Lisa Vanderpump was forced to close all of her restaurants. Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval tried to help the workers from their restaurant TomTom by asking for fan donations, but it might not have been enough to keep things afloat.
Lisa has been forced to permanently close one of her restaurants, and she is in danger of being unable to pay rent on her other properties. Will more Vanderpump restaurants be forced to follow suit?
At the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdowns, TomTom released a statement about their closure.
To our West Hollywood Community,
It saddens us to have to do this, but with the advisement of the government and local authorities, we have closed our restaurants until further notice. These are scary times right now, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees and guests. We encourage everyone to social distance themselves, to allow our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we hope everyone does their utmost to fight this. Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side. Keep following us for updates and we hope we can welcome you back again soon. Stay safe.
The mayor of Los Angeles ordered all bars, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms, and other entertainment venues to close to help limit the spread of coronavirus, something that we’ve seen happen in almost every major city in the country.
And now, Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Villa Blanca is closed, forever. According to ScreenRant, the restaurant is boarded up with a note one the door notifying people of the permanent closure.
Villa Blanca was heavily featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills before Lisa decided to quit the show. It is also the restaurant where many Vanderpump Rules stars got their start before SUR.
According to the outlet, Villa Blanca was up for sub-lease, and the owners had been trying to get rid of the restaurant for years. Back in 2014, Lisa and her husband Ken lost a sexual discrimination lawsuit, which bankrupt the restaurant.
ScreenRant reports that a former waitress filed the complaint in civil court, but it took about two years to settle the lawsuit. The restaurant then took a major hit, which the couple tried to cover up.
They painted the restaurant in such a way that pedestrians could not see inside and attempted to (or pretended to, it’s largely unclear) renovate the space. When the pandemic hit, Ken and Lisa decided this was their best opportunity to let go of the failing restaurant.
Reports say that neighbors claim the couple could not afford rent at the property after leaving The Real Housewives franchise, while others said that Ken Todd was deeply in debt.