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    Renovations Resume at Roosterfish Restaurant in West Hollywood

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    Work has resumed at the up-and-coming Roosterfish West Hollywood location, at 8948 Santa Monica Blvd. It has been quiet for several months at the new WeHo business that’s taking over the former PUMP Lounge restaurant which stood on that corner for 10 years, and was co-owned reality TV star and animal activist Lisa Vanderpump.

    However, this week, the new WeHo business sports a fresh coat of teal paint that we’re all familiar with from the original location in Venice, at 1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd. They sealed up all their windows, but not before we got a sneak peek inside through a crack, revealing ongoing construction and other improvements in the indoor bar area.

    Roosterfish West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    In other Roosterfish news, TMZ reported earlier this week that although Vanderpump’s original PUMP restaurant has moved on to green pastures, new new owners have confirmed that they are keeping olive trees, beloved by the star of Vanderpump Rules.

    According to TMZ, Mario Vollera, who is one of the owners of Roosterfish West Hollywood, said that he and the other owners requested that the big olive trees remain when they checked out the space. The trees were a big part of the sale agreement, and Mario wanted them untouched because he said that they bring prosperity and good luck, aside from being beautiful and adding a lot to the space’s ambiance.

    Roosterfish West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
    Pump Lounge West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    According to their website, when Roosterfish first opened, it quickly established itself as a gay bar, welcoming patrons of similar sexual orientation. With this safe haven claimed, patrons could drink in peace without judgment from an archaic-minded society. With modern-day Roosterfish, its doors have reopened, welcoming all walks of life. As one of the original bars along Mr. Kinney’s boulevard, it is part of a rare collective of original restaurants along Abbot Kinney, embracing the openness that makes Venice, CA as unique and special as it is! Roosterfish was one of the first progressive bars for the community, and the new owners have kept its namesake in respect to the history Roosterfish has undergone.

    Lisa Vanderpump announced PUMP restaurant’s closure on May 4th via a statement, responding to rumors and reports that the space had been listed for lease on LoopNet, the online marketplace for commercial property, which listed the 2,865 SF space as a storefront retail. The restaurant closed on July 2.

    No opening date has been set for the grand opening of Roosterfish West Hollywood, but with the work underway, it’s bound to open in the earlier part of this year.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    angry gay pope
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    6 months ago

    What they did to PUMP is a crime by the landlord. Pump was not broken! Roosterfish was a fun dive bar in Venice years ago. It has nothing to do with an upscale weho bar they just stole the name.

    James Dean
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    Reply to  angry gay pope
    6 months ago

    Pump had its flaws as both an upscale restaurant with disappointing food and a confusing mix of identities as a gay or straight destination. The unwelcoming atmosphere was emphasized by an odd entrance guarded by imposing door goons, and conflicting dress codes added to the discomfort. Navigating to the bar, especially at the back, was challenging due to a maze of tables, and the setup made it difficult to buy drinks smoothly. The low-energy environment in the back further detracted from the overall experience. It’s somewhat surprising that Pump made it for a decade.

    Mike S
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    Reply to  James Dean
    6 months ago

    Nice to see opposing views. I thought Pump’s menu/food to be some of the best in the area and the ambience different and memorable. But, that’s me. :)

    Jason
    Jason
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    Reply to  angry gay pope
    5 months ago

    Perhaps maybe, just maybe, Vanderpump operating 3 very similar businesses catering (in large part) to clientele who are her fans within 2 blocks of one another may have resulted in self-cannibalization.

    The fly
    The fly
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    6 months ago

    Hope it’s a gay bar that’s straight friendly; not a straight bar that’s gay friendly.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    Reply to  The fly
    6 months ago

    And I hope they don’t blast the music so loud (like most every other place) so you can actually hear what your friends are saying and everyone can enjoy their meal and conversation.

    Stephen
    Stephen
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    Reply to  The fly
    6 months ago

    If you know what’s become of the Venice Roosterfish, your hopes are about to be dashed.

    Enough!
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    6 months ago

    Very happy to see a building NOT painted black like so many new businesses. The Blvd was starting to look like a burnt out zone. Good luck to them.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    6 months ago

    Love to see the Roosterfish color on SMB. Can’t wait to have a drink there this spring.

    James Dean
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    Reply to  Kevin
    6 months ago

    Roosterfish used to be a westside escape from the cis popular girl in tow weho style bar now it going to be nothing but the same weho/cis/girl in tow bar. Do we need another one of these? Pump was already a decent inside, so why waste money on changing things, you would have more of a chance at success by just opening the doors. Get ready cis and hags a new bar is coming and its your favourite kind free!

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