The rumors are true, Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Villa Blanca is closing after 12 years.
The Vanderpump Rules star has now confirmed rumors that Villa Blanca has shut its doors for good.
“Although there have been many untrue articles in the past week or so about the reasons for closing Villa Blanca, we are indeed going to be closing up our doors for good,” Lisa told DailyMail.com.
Lisa says she and hubby Ken Todd’s 12-year lease on the building is expiring soon and that the landlord isn’t interested in negotiating the recently increased rent.
“If the landlord had been willing to renegotiate and the lease wasn’t ending, we would have reopened, but unfortunately with Coronavirus, the situation was beyond our control,” Lisa explained.
Despite the closure, LVP remains hopeful that she can eventually reopen Villa Blanca in a new location.
“While saying goodbye to the location where we have actively served the Beverly Hills community for 12 years and employed hundreds of Angelenos, is a sad time for us, we are excited to perhaps bring Villa Blanca back in the future at a different location – as its staff and customers have always been a family,” Lisa added.
As for the rest of the eateries in her restaurant empire, she says the will reopen as soon as the government allows them. The restaurants closed back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa and Ken own an array of bars and restaurants in the WeHo section of Los Angeles, including Pump, SUR, and Tom Tom. They also own Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Las Vegas.
“We will definitely be opening up the other restaurants as soon as the government allows it, and they are safe to open, and many of the Villa Blanca staff members will be relocated to these businesses,” Lisa explained.
Lisa also says that her homeless initiative at Villa Blanca will continue despite the restaurant’s closure. Every Monday, for the past 12 years, Lisa and her staff have been feeding the homeless fresh meals. This will continue but will be moved to one of Lisa’s other eateries.
“We will also be moving our Homeless Initiatives, to our other kitchens, to continue feeding the homeless weekly, which we have been committed to for the past 12 years,” Lisa revealed.
The closure of Villa Blanca came as a shock to everyone, including RHOBH/Vanderpump Rules fans. Tamara Tattles was the first to report on Villa Blanca, shutting its doors for good.
One nearby business owner hinted that LVP might not have been able to afford the rent on Villa Blanca anymore since quitting RHOBH. Another suggested that Ken Todd has “more debt than he can carry.”
And if Lisa and Ken’s show Vanderpump Rules gets canceled by Bravo, the couple could be facing some major financial struggles for all of the West Hollywood eateries.
One patron told DailyMail.com: “I’ve been a regular customer at Villa Blanca for years and friendly with all the staff, and know that the rent has been around $80k per month.”
“After the major improvements and refurnishing that the Todds did on the restaurant in the past few months, I am shocked that it is closing – I know how much the family and staff love that place – however, with the rent as high as it is, I’m not surprised.”
Meanwhile, LVP’s former BFF, Kyle Richards, also weighed in on the closure during Wednesday’s episode of WWHL.
“What was your reaction tot he news that Villa Blanca closed?” Andy asked Kyle.
Kyle replied, “Well, I mean, all the restaurants are so hard hit in Los Angeles; it really didn’t surprise me at all.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.