Lisa Vanderpump and the cast of Vanderpump Rules raised their glasses high this week for one last hoorah at Pump Restaurant in West Hollywood.
The restaurant and bar owned by Lisa and husband Ken Todd closed its doors this week after “ten years of beautiful evenings under our olive trees,” with a farewell featuring a packed house, plenty of familiar faces, and— of course!— TV cameras.
“End of an era, but the start of something new,” Lisa shared on Instagram. “Thank you @pumprestaurant for the decade of Pumptinis, incredible staff, and amazing memories! Now back to work on @wolfbyvanderpump Lake Tahoe!”
As The Ashley previously told you, Lisa and Todd are set to open their Lake Tahoe establishment this winter. Wolf by Vanderpump will be the 37th restaurant/bar opened by Lisa and Todd and the third located in Nevada. (The other two are located in Las Vegas: Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace and Vanderpump à Paris at Paris Las Vegas.)
Lisa mentioned the new restaurant-– as well as some of her existing establishments–- while giving a farewell speech at Pump this week.
“ … We’re opening another restaurant in Lake Tahoe called Wolf by Vanderpump, we have our restaurants in Las Vegas, we have TomTom and SUR, so hopefully we’ll continue to still feel the love from all of you,” she told the crowd. “There’s been so many moments over the years as we’ve supported Pride, moments that will forever be etched in our mind. Amazing support that you’ve shown us, but that we’ve also shown the LGBTQ community … ”
As Lisa addressed the crowd at Pump, cameras captured the moment for Season 11 of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ and in an Instagram post by @pumprules, the show’s matriarch was joined by cast members Lala Kent, Scheana Shay, Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney as the group filmed a scene while dining at the now-shuttered bar and restaurant.
Also in attendance was Ariana Madix, spotted having a conversation with Schwartz in the background on Scheana’s Instagram Story.
Back in May, the Pump team released a statement announcing that Pump would be shutting its doors in July after a decade of business, blaming the closing on the restaurant’s rent being increased by its landlords.
” … 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 read in part.
Pump’s landlords went on to refute LVP & Co.’s claim, arguing that the comments regarding the rent were “not accurate.”
“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,” the landlords stated.
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