Landlord for Pump Restaurant Disputes Lisa Vanderpump’s Claims That Pump Is Closing Due to An Increase In Rent

“Listen, it’s called Vanderpump Rules for a reason…no one is interested in Landlord Rules.”

Get ready to raise your glasses high for one last time at Pump restaurant in West Hollywood.

In a statement posted to Instagram Thursday, it was announced that Pump–– one of the West Hollywood restaurants owned by Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd–– will be closing its doors in July after “ten years of beautiful evenings under our olive trees.”

LVP & Co. blamed the closing on the restaurant’s rent being increased by its landlords. However, the landlord of the space recently refuted that claim, stating that they have actually tried to help keep Pump in business.

” … While we have loved our time operating Pump, to take on another 10-year lease with a huge increase in rent by the landlords, is not something we are ready to commit to,” the statement released by the Pump team read in part. 

In a statement released to ET on Friday, Pump’s landlord addressed Lisa’s claims that the received a huge rent hike.

“Lisa’s comments regarding the rent for Pump are not accurate,” the landlord told ET. “We did not raise the rent and in fact have been nothing but supportive as they tried to catch up on lease obligations including forgiving some rent during COVID.” 

“Shh…let’s talk about Scandoval instead.”

A source told the outlet that while Pump has continued to struggle following the pandemic, TomTom–– the West Hollywood establishment Lisa and Ken opened with Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval–– and Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, located in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, are doing “very well.” 

The same cannot be said about the Toms themselves.

Lisa and Ken also operate SUR, the OG setting of ‘Vanderpump Rules,’ and Vanderpump à Paris in Paris Las Vegas. (Lisa and Ken’s Beverley Hills restaurant Villa Blanca closed its doors in 2020 after 12 years.)  

According to Radar, Ken delivered the closing news to Pump employees at a meeting on Wednesday, during which things got “emotional.” The couple is reportedly working to relocate some of the Pump servers and bartenders to their nearby establishments, TomTom and SUR.

For the second time this week, Ken is forced to be the bearer of bad news.

Pump will remain open until July 5 and the eatery confirmed it will take part in one final Pride celebration, and the annual parade will be better than ever.

“We will be open throughout Pride month in West Hollywood, to support the local community with one last hurrah, and we look forward to welcoming you all to TomTom & Sur in the months following!”

(It has also been reported that Pump’s signature martini, the Pumptini, will be added to the TomTom menu after Pump closes for good.) 


While this is the second restaurant of Lisa and Ken’s to close in less than three years, they seem to be hitting the jackpot with their Las Vegas establishments.

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star revealed in March that the Vanderpump empire is expanding with the opening of two more restaurants with Caesars Palace.  

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(Photos: Bravo; Instagram) 


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