There are some major changes happening in Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurant empire. LVP’s iconic WeHo hotspot PUMP could be closing its doors in a matter of weeks.
Just weeks after PUMP’s liquor license was temporarily suspended by California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board, we now learn that the venue may be closing its door altogether in the next 90 days – if the Vanderpump Rules star doesn’t sign a new lease.
According to Eater, LVP and her husband, Ken Todd, who co-own PUMP together, have been unable to agree on new lease terms with the landlords of PUMP. The WeHo hotspot opened its doors in 2014 to rave reviews.
Now, it seems that the building that houses PUMP has been put on the market.
“CityStreet Commercial is pleased to present 8948 Santa Monica Blvd in the heart of West Hollywood. 8948 Santa Monica Blvd sits along West Hollywood’s ‘Boy’s Town,’ an area that is a popular destination for locals with high foot traffic and an amazing demographic and mix of single-family and multi-family homes,” a March 28 Instagram post from City Street Commercial real estate read.
Last month, LVP addressed PUMP’s uncertain future while chatting with ET.
“We’ve been in the Pump location for 10 years, have a great relationship with the landlord, and are currently discussing resigning our lease over the next few months, but haven’t made a decision and will be open tonight,” Lisa explained on March 15. “We’re also currently expanding our empire and will be opening two more restaurants with Caesars Palace.”
City Street Commercial broker Leslie Haro tells ET, “The business is being sold, but not the real estate and they’re looking for a long-term tenant.”
The source notes that Tom Tom and SUR, LVP’s other ventures in WeHo, are doing well. The closure of PUMP would come three years after LVP closed down her Beverly Hills restaurant, Villa Blanca.
Meanwhile, if LVP’s business woes weren’t enough, she also has to deal with her son-in-law Jason Sabo being accused of alleged workplace “sexual harassment” in a new lawsuit.
The accusation against Sabo came to light on Reddit after a Bravo fan uncovered the lawsuit on storage.courtlistener.com.
“The former field manager of Palm Bay International has sued the company, alleging it was a toxic and sexist work environment,” the screenshot read. It goes on to say, “Among the claims in the suit, was an allegation that Jason Sabo, the son-in-law of Bravo TV star Lisa Vanderpump and marketing lead of her Vanderpump Rose, pressured the manager for sex…”
“During Sab’s first night in Florida, he and Henkle went to dinner and had wine. Sabo proceeded to invite Henkleto to his hotel room with some added pressure ‘he was considered a celebrity and (Henkle) would be privileged to go with him,” the accusation against Sabo claimed. “The pressure to engage with Sabo was expected each time he came to the market to work, except when Lisa Vanderpump or Sabo’s wife Pandora Vanderpump Sabo was with him.”
“On or about January 8, 2018, the same scenario took plat at the Fort Lauderdale Renaissance,” the claim also alleged before claiming that Henke was “pressured to go to Sabo’s hotel room” after getting dinner and drinks with him. The same scenario allegedly also took place on two other instances: February 11, 2019, at North Ft Lauderdale Hilton Hotel and October 1, 2019, at the Marker Hotel in Key West.
Vanderpump Rules airs on Wednesdays at 9 pm on Bravo.