Entertainment Tonight reports that Pump Restaurant, partly owned by reality TV personality, Lisa Vanderpump, may be leaving the City of West Hollywood after being on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard (next the The Abbey Weho) for the past 10 years.
According ET, broker Leslie Haro with City Street Commercial has revealed that Pump Lounge at 8948 Santa Monica Blvd., is being sold and that the landlord is currently looking for a long-term tenant. Vanderpump owns the restaurant with her husband, longtime restaurateur, Ken Todd; they do not own the property. According to Haro the restaurant and bar is expected to be sold.
However, Vanderpump told ET that she and her husband have a great relationship with the landlord and that they are currently discussing resigning their lease over the next few months. She revealed that they haven’t made a decision yet, but they will be be opening two more restaurants with Caesars Palace.
A sign in the window of Pump restaurant this past weekend stated that the restaurant was closed due to the rain. However, we reported here first that Vanderpump’s two highly profiled West Hollywood restaurants, Pump Lounge and Tom Tom Restaurant, both had their liquor licenses suspended this past Wednesday, March 8. Tom Tom was reinstated on March 10, but Pump Lounge is still suspended as of March 15, 2023, per California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).
On March 8, the first episode of “Vanderpump Rules,” aired aired since a scandal first broke on March 3, when TMZ reported that Tom Sandoval one of the junior partners at Tom Tom Restaurant, was cheating on his longtime girlfriend Ariana Madix with Leviss. The story shocked fans, as Sandoval and Madix were one of the show’s steadiest couples.
The scandal dubbed “scandoval” reportedly gave the show its highest total viewers with 2.2 million viewers and the highest-rated episode among 18-49 demo in nearly three years according to The Wrap.
As word of the “Scandoval” spread to bigger audiences on social media, live viewing for the March 8 episode also doubled from the previous week’s episode, which aired March 1. In terms of streaming, the episode also climbed to the third highest Bravo episode to be watched on Peacock the next day among both total viewers and among adults 18-49 through 3 days.
“I want to first and foremost apologize to everyone I’ve hurt through this process,” Sandoval posted on his social media platforms. “Most of all, I want to apologize to Ariana. I made mistakes, I was selfish, and made reckless decisions that hurt somebody I love. No one deserves to feel that pain so traumatically and publicly.”
Pump Lounge is expected to open tonight after being closed since last Friday.
Bye bye, straight gentrification of West Hollywood! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.
Hope Pump does not leave W. Hollywood.