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Lisa Vanderpump’s LA bar TomTom rumored to be ‘permanently closed’ but manager insists ‘we will absolutely open’

LISA Vanderpump’s Los Angeles bar, TomTom, will “absolutely open” despite rumors it has shut down, The Sun can exclusively reveal. 

Bravo fans have feared that the West Hollywood lounge featured on Vanderpump Rules has locked its doors for good as Google has it marked “permanently closed.”

Lisa Vanderpump's TomTom bar 'WILL reopen' despite rumors its permanently shut

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The bar - heavily featured on Vanderpump Rules - remains closed due to Covid

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Despite all of the surrounding eateries and bars in the area reopening months ago, Lisa’s lounge - co-owned by Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval - has not been in business since before the pandemic last year. 

As rumors spread it’s closed forever, the bar's assistant general manager, Richardson Cherry, told The Sun that “absolutely” TomTom will open. 

He revealed: “We’re more bar than sit-down restaurant type. Also, our patio isn’t that big. 

“When we can accommodate people safely we will open in a couple of weeks or so.”

The longtime staffer and personal friend of Lisa continued: “It’s more so about being safe than profit. 

Richardson Cherry has worked with Lisa Vanderpump for years at various business'

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Richardson has become close to Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, over the years

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The Los Angeles resident is the assistant general manager of TomTom

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“Profit matters but if everyone is sick it’s not good. When we can accommodate more people it will be easier as the inside of TomTom is not super huge.”

Currently, Los Angeles County will allow indoor dining at 25% capacity in addition to outdoor seating. 

Although they could legally allow customers back in now, Richardson claims strict Covid precautions are to blame for the delayed opening. 

He explained: “None of us knew what was going to happen with Covid so none of us knew when we would open so we waited until the state said it was okay. 

“I don’t have an exact date when we will open but I’m anxious, but yes we take Covid seriously. 

“Lisa and the whole family is taking it very seriously, but I would love to be open by middle to end of next month.”

Due to TomTom's tight seating, the bar has hesitated to reopen due to Covid precautions

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Most of TomTom's seating is indoors with only a small portion available outside

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Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz teamed up with Lisa Vanderpump to open the bar

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A rep for both of the Tom’s also confirmed to The Sun that there is “not a set date” as of now but that “TomTom will be opening again soon.”

In addition to Google alerting customers that TomTom is “permanently closed,” the phone number listed for the hotspot has been disconnected. 

The bar & lounge has not posted any public updates since March 2020 - when restaurants in California first began to close due to the pandemic. 

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills alum Lisa, 60, opened up the high-end cocktail bar in 2018 with VPR co-stars turned business partners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. 

The reality star owns several businesses in the area, including restaurant Pump which just had its grand re-opening on St. Patrick’s Day after being shut down for a year. 

Google has listed TomTom as 'permanently closed'

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Despite plans to reopen soon, TomTom has continued to keep its doors shut

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TomTom's adjacent bar, The Garden Bar, has not yet opened either

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The Sun can exclusively confirm Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, arrived at Pump on Wednesday around 7pm PT in an SUV full of friends. 

Wearing a large green hat, she exclaimed that she was “so excited to be home” while gushing she felt “ecstatic” to have the business open again. 

One staffer exclusively revealed that “most if not all” of the Pump staffers had already been vaccinated as those in the culinary field were able to get the shot earlier this month.

“The owners are taking Covid very seriously,” the informant revealed of Lisa and Ken.  

According to the employee, the restauranteurs spent “at least a few thousand” to add a large extended deck on the front sidewalk to offer more outdoor patio seating. 

Lisa also owns West Hollywood hotspot, Pump, which is feet away from TomTom

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The restauranteur arrived at the grand reopening of Pump in a large green hat this week

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The garden eatery has been closed for months following a tax dispute, according to records obtained by The Sun. 

It’s unclear what exactly caused the California Franchise Tax Board to suspend Pump or how much money the company allegedly owes. 

However, Lisa responded on Twitter and admitted her "taxes were delayed" because "everybody was working from home and [the] restaurant was closed" - though the surrounding eateries in Pump's area reopened last year.

Lisa Vanderpump gives a tour of TomTom cocktail bar

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I Went To Lisa Vanderpump’s New Bar Tom Tom And All I Got Was This Lousy Line

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Lisa Vanderpump with the Toms: Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz.

At 6 p.m. on a Saturday in late August, young women with birthday hats strapped under their chins tumble out of cabs and onto the sidewalk, wafting the scent of vodka sodas into the evening air. On the patio of the Abbey, the infamous gay bar in West Hollywood, a couple of go-go boys in perilous shorts are dancing listlessly to a disco remix of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family.”

And outside of a bar called Tom Tom, a line has formed. The people in it wear the self-conscious expressions of line-standers everywhere: They know, and want you to know that they know, that it’s a little ridiculous that they’re baking in 85-degree heat to wait for a cocktail on a block that’s lined with bars.

If they defected and walked about 500 feet, they could already be neck-deep in a Bye-Felychee cocktail in the mostly empty dining room of Pump, which is owned by the same woman who owns Tom Tom: the buxom, British Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump. Walk three or four blocks farther and they’d be tucking into the happy hour menu at another Vanderpump property, SUR, whose waitstaff is the subject of their own Bravo reality show, a reliable ratings smash called Vanderpump Rules.

The people in the line are likely aware of these facts, and they are also impervious to them. They wait, and wait. Every time a group goes in, another one takes its place on the sidewalk, meaning the line has about 30 people in it at all times until long after the sun has set. They are surprisingly diverse: a pair of young white women in their going-out clothes stand next to a casually dressed Indian couple whose sole adornment is the wife’s crystal-encrusted slides. Couples on dates slip into seats at the bar, while groups of friends doing a happy hour hang hold out for tables; tourists and locals rub elbows companionably inside and out.

Waiting in line to get access to the latest hot spot is nothing new, and just as some people find it embarrassing, there are others who wear their line-waiting like a badge of honor. Either way, though, people in these lines are usually waiting because they are (or want to be) enthusiastic fans of whatever’s at the end of their vigil.

At Tom Tom, however, this isn’t always the case. A survey of the people waiting in that Saturday night line, and of those who’d given up and gone to Pump and SUR instead after all, suggested that they were, at best, ambivalent about the restaurants themselves.

“It’s the Disney World of Bravo,” a guy named Jason says by way of explaining his presence at Tom Tom. The three men he’s with nod in agreement. In their jeans and T-shirts, they’re clearly not regulars on WeHo’s put-together party scene.

"We're laughing at ourselves being here. We're aware."

The explanation makes almost too much sense: An immersive experience for fans of a media franchise? A lot of line-waiting and mediocre food and outrageous prices and who cares, we’re doing it anyway? Check, check, and check.

But unlike actual Disney World, which calls for childlike wonder, Jason and his friends have come here at an ironic, slightly disdaining distance. “We’re laughing at ourselves for being here. We’re aware,” he assures me.

They’ve come to have this experience, but also to be above it: to confirm that even though they’ve been sucked in — to the point of spending cold, hard cash on their fandom — they’re not those fans, the ones who don’t see that what they’re doing is embarrassing. “I don’t think we’re here for the food or the drinks,” he continues.

The lone girl in their group pipes up. “We’re just here to be here,” she says.

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Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd.

As brandsturn away from straight retail and toward interactive opportunities, it’s no wonder that reality TV is also seeking ways to monetize by getting fans to feel like they’re buying experiences instead of stuff. Restaurants are one of the easiest avenues to lure customers for this purpose while also charging them for it, so it’s very lucky for Lisa Vanderpump that they’re built right into the premise of her show.

Vanderpump was a restaurateur long before she was a reality television personality: She and her husband, Ken Todd, have opened 26 restaurants, bars, and clubs together. In 2005, they joined forces with another couple, Guillermo and Nathalie Zapata, to revamp a West Hollywood spot that the Zapatas had owned for nearly a decade: SUR Restaurant.

In 2009, Vanderpump and Todd opened Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, and in 2010, she joined the original cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a new installment of Bravo’s megahit Real Housewives franchise, which follows the drinking and drama of rich women in big cities all over the world.

“I never intended to make my career from it,” Vanderpump told Glamour in January of her decision to join the show. “But I was smart, and I used the show to draw attention to my businesses.”

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Vanderpump with her dog Giggy and Real Housewives costars

Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards, and Kim Richards.

Being a Housewives cast member made her a celebrity, but the public’s focus was more often on her flair for the dramatic than her entrepreneurial skill, so Vanderpump proposed a spinoff set in her restaurant, where her role as “Big Boss Lady” (and its existence as an exciting place to hang out) would be front and center. Vanderpump Rules debuted on Bravo in 2013; now approaching its seventh season, it follows a group drawn from the waitstaff at SUR as they fuck, fight, and do things like eat stuff that’s been marinated in each other’s butts on camera.

Over the course of seven seasons, the cast has gone from a bunch of fresh-faced LA clichés to demi-celebrities. 

Over the course of those seven seasons, the cast has gone from a bunch of fresh-faced LA clichés — struggling actors, musicians, and models waiting tables to make ends meet — to demi-celebrities. And in the process, they’ve fed themselves into a very strange fame Ouroboros. The money they get for appearing on the show (and doing the club appearances, sponsored Instagram posts, and brand collaborations made possible by their fame) obviates the need to have a day job, but the day job is, supposedly, the reason they’re being filmed in the first place.

Cast members Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have both officially stopped working at SUR (Schroeder now has a podcast and Doute a T-shirt company), but the rest of the cast walks a fine, funny line: They take shifts, recite specials, and mix drinks during the summer months, when Vanderpump Rules is taping, but the rest of the year they’re rarely seen in uniform.

When they are at SUR, they’re less likely to be serving than doing special events: Hostess Billie Lee recently made an appearance at a holiday weekend brunch, for instance; James Kennedy drops in for sporadic DJ nights. You can still get a full 360-degree immersive reality TV experience, where you meet and interact with the characters you know from your screen — but it’s far less readily available than it was in the early seasons, when the cast had no choice but to wait on tables of men who were passing around bikini pictures of them while they tried to work.

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Vanderpump Rules' Kristen, Stassi, and Katie.

The grotty broke-living authenticity of the early years, which were far from glossy or aspirational, are now a thing of the distant past. In the show’s pilot, Schroeder and a new SURver named Scheana have an impassioned, drawn-out argument over the best way to split tips; these days, even though it’s never discussed on camera, it’s hard not to know that Jax Taylor, the show’s sociopathic beefcake villain, can make $10,000 to $20,000 just for showing up at a club.

This transition to wealth and fame could have spelled doom for the Vanderpump franchise, but Lisa Vanderpump remains an extraordinarily canny businessperson, and so she’s figured out how to create new roles for her cast to grow into while keeping her restaurants relevant to their exploits. In the finale of the fifth season, at Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s long-awaited wedding, Vanderpump approached Schwartz and his friend and castmate Tom Sandoval with a business proposition. She wanted to open a new bar, she said. They would be its namesakes, but also, more importantly, her partners in opening it.

Thus Tom Tom, and thus its line.

Tom Tom created a natural narrative throughline for Vanderpump Rules' sixth season as the Toms tried to learn the ropes of restaurant ownership. They accompanied Vanderpump on a business trip to Vegas, where they challenged themselves to show up to all of their early-morning meetings on time and not hungover. (They are 35 years old. They couldn’t do it.) They struggled to come up with the money Vanderpump wanted them to invest: $50,000 each, an amount that seemed calibrated to allay audience suspicions that the Vanderpumpers had grown too wealthy behind the scenes.

In one fell swoop, Lisa Vanderpump had gifted herself a plot arc that would breathe fresh life into Vanderpump Rules and allow its cast to evolve past their bartender beginnings without taking them out of her empire — and also a way for herself and her businesses to make money even when the cameras aren’t rolling.

The experience at Tom Tom starts on the sidewalk, where a besuited door attendant doesn’t seem to do anything (at least in the early evening he doesn’t check IDs, and there’s a host who seats you when you arrive) — except add an air of exclusivity to the proceedings.

Inside, the decor will be familiar to anyone who knows Vanderpump’s tastes: The space is replete with mirrors and chandeliers and fresh flowers, bedecked in chrome and glass and velvet. Bartenders are mostly men and uniformly Ken-doll handsome, dressed in tight-fitting aqua button-downs they unbutton just enough to give a hint of their well-defined pectoral muscles. They flirt reflexively and professionally, making plenty of eye contact.

There’s a clockwork theme at Tom Tom. Lisa wanted this place to have an “elegant steampunk” vibe, so the logo sports a trio of small gears nestled in its O’s, and behind the bar a larger set of clockwork-looking mechanisms shift and spin.

They feel like a metaphor for the whole Tom Tom experience: They’re fun to look at, and they make you feel like you’re somewhere dramatic and larger-than-life for a while, until you look too long and think — that’s now how gears work. These cogs don’t connect to anything; they don’t move each other, much less anything else. They’re here to give you a sense of being somewhere fantastical, but what, exactly, is fantastical about a giant clock? For that matter, what do clocks or steampunk mean to Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Schwartz, and Tom Sandoval? What are they supposed to mean to me? I have no idea. What does the cocktail name “Clockwork Pink” mean, except that the theme of the bar is clockwork, and Lisa Vanderpump likes pink?

Don’t ask. It doesn’t matter. The theme is clocks but the theme is also You’re on reality TV. Tom Tom puts you on the set of a reality television show and allows you to redirect the optics, so that it’s you being filmed, broadcasting to friends and family, Look where I am! I deserve to be looked at! Going to Vanderpump restaurants is an opportunity to bridge the gap between what we’ve seen on screens and our own minor league lives: to verify something — anything — about television and celebrity for our very own selves. It is an irresistible type of research: to step through the repeating mirror, the infinite replication of the digital screen, and touch and taste with our own singular irreducible bodies. Tom Tom is the door between worlds — mine, and Lisa Vanderpump’s, and Vanderpump Rules’.

Which can be especially appealing for Los Angeles transplants. “I’ve been [living in LA] less than a year, and all my friends back home are like, ‘Oh my god, are you going there?’” a girl named Alex, who is very tall and wearing all black, says. Back home is Chicago: a big city, sure, but not known for its star sightings. “And like, well, obviously yes. I need to snap everything inside and send it to them so they can pretend they’re here.”

People come to visit SUR, Pump, and Tom Tom the same way they might do a back-lot tour at Universal Studios.

Her friend Maggie — petite, blonde, tan, with very big eyes and bigger eyelashes and a skintight baby pink dress — nods her head. “People back home love it so much when I snap it,” she says.

People come to visit SUR, Pump, and Tom Tom the same way they might do a back-lot tour at Universal Studios, or go sit on the 500 Days of Summer bench in downtown LA: Because this is the set where the action happened. But there’s something different about visiting the site of a reality TV show, because of the complicated things the word reality means in this context.

There are also, I should say, people who come to these places with pure heart and open minds. Janelle and her husband, Alex, are a sweet-looking young couple; I spot them at SUR, and then again standing outside of Tom Tom. I notice them in part because their look is much more business casual than West Hollywood’s standard bro’d-out bar attire, and also because they have a baby with them. When we chat, they’re rocking her in her stroller as they try to get a glimpse inside of Tom Tom.

They’re visiting from Canada, it turns out, Manitoba, “right in the middle.” Janelle watches VPR, so in addition to the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica’s beaches, and an outdoor mall called the Grove, she and Alex had to come see the Vanderpump places. Dinner at SUR was great, they report. They ordered the goat cheese balls, naturally, since they are SURver Stassi’s favorite.

Janelle and Alex are the only people I talk to all night who don’t act like they and I both are in on a very elaborate joke of some kind. They wanted to see Los Angeles; they wanted to see celebrities, which are few and far between in Manitoba. So they came here to see them. What’s so weird or embarrassing about that?

They are also the only people who seem to be having a legitimately good time.

What makes Tom Tom markedly different from Disneyland is that at Disneyland, access is tiered by price point: You can buy FastPasses for rides and private audiences with Minnie Mouse, and if someone else has those things, those who don’t know exactly how they got them.

At the bar, though, the rules of access are much less clear, and that makes the stories that happen while you’re there all the more valuable. Some people will visit on a dead night and see no one — or basically no one, anyway. Janelle and her husband caught Lisa’s son, a busser and entirely minor character named Max, in action, but if they’d come a week later, when I actually went inside for a drink, they could have seen Lisa’s daughter, Pandora, conferring with the staff (and also the girls next to me pretending to take pictures of each other in order to take pictures of her).

And it’s not just the cast we’re angling to spot: There are famous people — like, really, really famous — who are VPR fans. Media personality Chrissy Teigen has declared it “the best show in television history”; Rihanna is also a fan.

There’s something almost democratic about the idea that Rihanna is just as enthralled by these manchildren and their baby brides as I am — that Lala Kent sucking on a baby bottle to quell her anxiety is famous and fascinating to Rihanna the same way she is to me. Despite Teigen joking about setting up shop in SUR’s back alley to watch the drama go down live, though, she’s never been spotted eating there — but who knows? It could happen.

So there’s a free-floating head-turn-y anxiety to the whole experience that makes it especially hard to enjoy your Kentucky Muffin cocktail in peace. Everyone is looking: sizing up who’s here as a joke and who’s here for real, and who knows someone, or might, or is someone.

Of course, if they are someone, this is Los Angeles, where we pretend we don’t care about famous people, and so decorum dictates that you have to look away.

Pandora is my only VPR cast sighting during my trip to Vanderpump Restaurant Row (though Kristen Doute later posts an Instagram from that Saturday night of herself at Tom Tom, along with her best friend, Schroeder, and their sometime nemesis Ariana Madix).

But that doesn’t mean she’s all there is to see. As I’m wrapping up my conversation with Janelle and cooing at her baby, two cabs pull up to the curb and out spill six or eight perfectly preserved women who must be in their late forties. They are all wearing tight, tiny dresses and high-heeled sandals and drinking out of red plastic Solo cups and taking raucous selfies. Is one of them a Housewife? A friend of a Housewife? Are they having a bachelorette party? What are they doing here?

I go to ask, but as I’m approaching, the host sticks his head out and beckons to them: They made a reservation, or they know someone, but either way, they’re whisked inside.

And I am left standing on the sidewalk, bereft of the narrative I want from life in the Vanderpump bubble: the sense that I live among these people, and that as much as I mock the cast members’ disheveled apartments, and their fixation on the idea that Lisa Vanderpump is a tastemaker, and their dumb drama and their even dumber need to tell me about it, I am still allowed to go to their parties, and to know all of their secrets because of their show. This is supposed to be a world where I’m the all-seeing eye, who has watched the drama unfold on television, who is streaming her own life onto her phone, who is the most powerful person in the room.

But I have no way of following those women’s story, or finding out who they are. On the sidewalk outside of Tom Tom, the line snaking away from me, longer now than when I first got here, I realize: This isn’t reality television, but instead a dose of plain old reality. I’ve bought my way onto the set, but not into the storyline, and Bravo’s cameras aren’t here right now, which means that no one is going to tell me what happens next. ●

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With their new Junior Partners Tom Sandoval & Tom Schwartz, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd have added Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar as the newest crown jewel in the Vanderpump Family’s West Hollywood Empire. Voted Best Bar in Southern California by Los Angeles Travel Magazine, Tom Tom is at the same time decadent, relaxed and a bloody good time.

Designer Nick Alain is a Miami-based industrial designer and creative director – together with Lisa & Ken, his designs help to bring the Vanderpump vision to life, and include distinct pieces from Lisa & Nick’s unique design line, Vanderpump Alain. The well-stocked bar is set against a mesmerizing massive brass clock, an old-world style floor-to-ceiling time piece fit for a movie set; the exposed inner wheels of which rotate and move behind crystal glasses and delicate coupes. Clean Edison light bulbs are strewn across floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the partially-covered patio overlooking West Hollywood’s newest Dog Park. 

Sandoval and Schwartz have developed signature cocktails alongside renowned Mixologist for Republic National Distributing Company, Sly Cosmopolous. With a decadent plethora of hearty, healthy and elegant bar food, the menu is designed to be indulged in with friends and family and shared family style. 

Vanderpump/Todd and Alain have created a feeling, from the moment you enter the bar, that you have stepped back in time to another world. Sit back amongst the unique mastery of Alain’s eclectic designs and be seduced by the heady combination of decadent, delicious cocktails and sumptuous bar food. 

Welcome to TomTom!

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Sandoval \u0026 Schwartz Get Emotional When They See TomTom For The First Time - Vanderpump Rules

Raise your glasses high! Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz announced their plans for a new joint project. TomTom’ new restaurant is officially in the works.

After finding success with TomTom, a bar named after their friendship which also doubles as a filming location for the show, they are teaming up again. This time, they seem to be thinking of something totally different.

Bravo revealed some minor details about what the restaurant might look like, as well as what made the stars nervous about their plans. But Vanderpump Rules fans might be quick to notice one important thing is missing from the new project.

Tom Sandoval high fives Tom Schwartz

What’s a TomTom?

Avid watchers of the show know their story, but others might need a little catching up. To make a long history short, Sandoval and Schwartz — also called TomTom — have a bromance made in heaven.

Men’s Health made a list of frienship lessons we learned from them and included one iconic moment when Sandoval — dressed in drag — came to Schwartz’s defense. Sandoval heatedly accused other cast members of emotionally battering Schwartz at his own bachelor party, to the point he was hiding in a bathroom. He cried in heavy eye makeup for his friend. This story summarizes their dynamic pretty well.

They’ve been costars on Vanderpump Rules for more than a decade, and friends even longer. They started as “mactors” — or model/actors — but Sandoval was also a bartender at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, SUR. Schwartz tried to be a bartender, but that seemed to go worse than he expected. He has charisma, though, and he was dating Katie Maloney — now Maloney-Schwartz. So, he was able to become a major cast member on the show without working at SUR like the others.

While fans love Schwartz’s relationship with his wife, whom he affectionately calls Bubba, and they also love Sandoval’s relationship with castmate Ariana Madix, the TomTom bond is one of the most popular parts of the show. In 2018, the two Toms went into business with Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, to open a bar called TomTom.

And after the success of that project, they’ve decided to try another. Sandoval and Schwartz revealed their plans to Bravo and shared the one thing about the new restaurant that was making one of them “slightly nervous.”

What’s missing from TomTom’s new restaurant?

While Sandoval and Schwartz will likely have massive support from fans on their new endeavor, some might notice someone will be missing. Lisa Vanderpump will reportedly not be involved in the business aspects of TomTom’s new restaurant.

Sandoval revealed he was anxious to tell her about the new project, but Vanderpump offered her “full support” to the duo upon hearing the news. Todd added that the couple admired the pair “because it’s not easy” to open a restaurant. Vanderpump and Todd have been running restaurants, bars, and clubs around the world for decades, so he would know.

While Vanderpump and Todd may not be collaborating on the Toms’ new restaurant project, the duo shared some of their plans with them. The restaurant’s design is based on the visions of a light artist named James Turrell, but Schwartz said they are still “working on a name.”

Sandoval and Schwartz have enough success to suggest they know what they’re doing, but they will seemingly have Vanderpump and Todd close by for support. It’s yet unclear when TomTom’s new restaurant will open, but in the meantime, fans can catch the return of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo on Sept. 28.

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Lisa Vanderpump’s LA restaurant TomTom ‘will reopen by May 1’ after year-long closure as manager teases ‘big changes’

LISA Vanderpump’s Los Angeles bar, TomTom, will “definitely be open by May 1st” after more than a year of closure, The Sun can exclusively reveal. 

Last month, rumors ran rampant that the Bravo hotspot co-owned by Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval would shut down permanently due to financial issues following pandemic closures. 

Lisa Vanderpump's Los Angeles bar, TomTom, will reopen by May 1st, The Sun can reveal

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The high-end bar will have 'stronger drinks' added to the update menu

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However, manager Richardson Chery confirmed that the West Hollywood establishment is on its way to reopening its door with some big changes. 

“We are definitely opening May 1st. Most likely way before,” the longtime staffer and personal friend of Lisa told The Sun with a winking face.

He explained: “Slow and steady wins the race. But cleaning a years worth of dust and such is a process. It's a lot to clean, it’s been a full year!

“We are working around the clock to get TomTom ready. I met with Both Ken and Lisa.

"Even Lisa was cleaning! I love how she participates in everything.”

TomTom and its adjoining bar, The Garden, have remained closed as they have a 'small patio'

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TomTom manager Richardson Chery has been close with owner Lisa Vanderpump for years

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The actor and producer also runs a non-profit, Project Elev8, when he's not busy at TomTom

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Richardson - who is also an actor and producer - said that Lisa’s husband, Ken Todd, “has been trying to find other areas in his businesses to find work for [staffers], so we can start working again.”

Once the upscale eatery and bar reopens, there will be “lots of new changes” including some to the menu, he promised. 

In addition to “stronger, tastier new drinks,” the restaurant will also be getting a facelift. 

“Now our patio is going to be amazing really, before it was a bit small, but now it’s going to get a makeover, I’m excited about it.

“We’re meeting with all of the staff on Thursday and we are hiring,” Richardson - who also runs non-profit Project Elev8 - said.

The chic restaurant is designed with modern and glam decor

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The West Hollywood eatery has remained closed as it's 'mostly indoors'

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Changes to both the drink and food menu will be implemented before opening

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If anyone’s interested in applying, they can reach out to [email protected] or [email protected]

Fans feared that the West Hollywood lounge featured on Vanderpump Rules locked its doors for good as Google has it marked “permanently closed.”

In addition to Google alerting customers that TomTom is “permanently closed,” the phone number listed for the hotspot has been disconnected. 

Surrounding businesses have also been reopened for months - fueling rumors even more however, The Sun previously revealed that TomTom would “absolutely” reopen. 

Last month, Richardson told The Sun: “It’s more so about being safe than profit. 

Tom Sandoval and Tom Scwartz opened TomTom with Lisa in 2018

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Lisa owns several businesses with her husband, Ken Todd

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“Profit matters but if everyone is sick it’s not good. When we can accommodate more people it will be easier as the inside of TomTom is not super huge.”

Currently, Los Angeles County will allow indoor dining at 25% capacity in addition to outdoor seating. 

Although they could legally allow customers back in now, Richardson claims strict Covid precautions are to blame for the delayed opening. 

He explained: “None of us knew what was going to happen with Covid so none of us knew when we would open so we waited until the state said it was okay. 

Lisa is known for owning several eateries in Los Angeles - including Pump

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“But Lisa and everyone is taking Covid precautions very seriously.”

The bar & lounge has not posted any public updates since March 2020 - when restaurants in California first began to close due to the pandemic. 

Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills alum Lisa, 60, opened up the high-end cocktail bar in 2018 with VPR co-stars turned business partners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. 

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Vanderpump Rules: Lisa's TomTom Restaurant Not Permanently Closed, Despite Rumors

The past three Vanderpump Rules seasons followed the opening of TomTom. Now the restaurant's future seems as uncertain as the show itself.

 

Vanderpump Rulesviewers watched the journey to TomTom unfold over three seasons. Restaurant mastermind Lisa Vanderpump came up with the idea in season 5. Then seasons 6 and 7 followed BFFs and first-time bar owners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz through its development and opening. In addition to being a new restaurant, the creation of TomTom also served as a strategic move for the reality TV show. The bar acted as a new setting, allowing the cast to promote Lisa's businesses without pretending to still work at SUR. But after all that buildup, and only a few years into operation, have unforeseen circumstances already shut it down?

The pandemic has taken a toll on many restaurants and bars. LA spots are starting to reopen, with outdoor seating and 25 percent capacity inside. But there is no word when TomTom would follow. Recently, a few odd details raised concerns if it would at all. On Google, the bar is marked as permanently closed. And the listed phone number has been disconnected. Even with the pandemic's unusual circumstances, neither seem like very good signs. Lisa already had to permanently close one restaurant, Villa Blanca. Is TomTom next to go? Not so fast, says an important source.

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According to assistant general manager Richardson Cherry, a longtime employee of Lisa, TomTom will reopen. At the moment, it is still behind because of its setup. Speaking toThe Sun, he claimed, “We’re more bar than sit-down restaurant type. Also, our patio isn’t that big. When we can accommodate people safely we will open in a couple of weeks or so.” He also pointed to the smaller interior, which already seats fewer people than SUR or Pump at full capacity, let alone 25 percent. Richardson, who is close to Lisa and Ken Todd, added,“It’s more so about being safe than profit. Profit matters but if everyone is sick it’s not good.” Continuing to emphasize safety, he said“I don’t have an exact date when we will open but I’m anxious, but yes we take Covid seriously. Lisa and the whole family is taking it very seriously, but I would love to be open by middle to end of next month."  

Lisa Vanderpump's restaurants have run into trouble unrelated to the pandemic. After being closed due to tax issues, Pump looked to be in bad shape. But shortly after, it had a St Patrick's Day reopening, showing off the expanded outdoor space. Anonymous sources also told The Sun that most of the staff had been vaccinated. People will have to wait and see if TomTom follows Pump's fate, or Villa Blanca's.

A representative for the Toms also claimed the restaurant would open soon, though they didn't give a set date either. Tom Sandoval previously insisted the show is also coming back despite no official renewal. Lisa hinted the same soon after. Meanwhile, Tom Schwartz and wife Katie Maloney recently hung out with RHOSLC cast members, showing they are still in the Bravo family.

The only certainty about Vanderpump Rules at this point? How uncertain its future really is. In the meantime, Lisa has kept busy with other reality TV ventures. And fans can keep up with the cast, Toms included, through their popular social media accounts.

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Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval ‘ready to split from partner Lisa Vanderpump and open bar on their own’

VANDERPUMP Rules stars Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval are ready to part ways with their business partner Lisa Vanderpump and open up a bar on their own, a source exclusively told The Sun.

The two friends opened the West Hollywood hot spot in 2018, with former boss Lisa as a senior partner.

Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval are thinking about opening their own bar,  source said

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The two friends are currently partners of TomTom along with Lisa Vanderpump

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But an insider close to Tom Schwartz, 38, and Tom Sandoval, 37, exclusively told The Sun that the best friends and business partners are already looking to expand their horizons.

The source said: "They are planning to open a bar by themselves, without Lisa, because they want bigger pieces of the pie."

"They are already looking at real estate in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for their next spot."

The bar's launch was a big storyline on Vanderpump Rules

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TomTom is closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

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The friends have not burned bridges with former boss Lisa, the source assured: "They have not had a falling out from Lisa, they just want to venture out on their own."

Reps for the pals did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment.

Unfortunately, TomTom continues to be closed due to the surging Covid-19 cases in LA.

Tom and Tom are still close with Lisa

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Back in March, the bar shared a statement on social media stating: "It saddens us to have to do this, but with the advisement of the government and local authorities, we have closed our restaurants until further notice.

"These are scary times right now, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of our employees and guests."

"We encourage everyone to social distance themselves, to allow our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we hope everyone does their utmost to fight this.

"Together we will get through this and come out stronger on the other side. Keep following us for updates and we hope we can welcome you back again soon."

Lisa owns several bars and restaurants that are closed due to the pandemic

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Lisa has worked alongside her husband, Ken Todd, for decades

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The update on Tom and Tom's business plan comes just a few months after Lisa – who recently lost her dog Giggy – admitted that money was hard after her restaurants closed down due to the pandemic.

On September 15, a fan tweeted: "So LVP is broke, bankrupt, done, right?

"Villa Blanca [is] closed for good and the rest of the restaurants should be next. No wonder no one knows whether [Pump Rules] will be back for another season or not. There’s no restaurant to film in and [Lisa Vanderpump] has no money to produce the show.”

Tom and Tom have worked for Lisa for years

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Tom and Tom are bartenders-turned-bar owners.

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Lisa explained that she's not "broke" but admitted that money is tight.

The RHOBH alum responded: "No darling not broke, of course it’s been difficult, but we will open when we feel it’s safe.

"[Villa Blanca] was at the end of a long lease that was up, my staff need to be safe …us too."

Tom Sandoval wrote a cocktail book with girlfriend Ariana Madix

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Tom Schwartz is married to wife and co-star Katie Maloney

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Earlier this month, the 60-year-old previously opened up about her financial struggles during the pandemic when she appeared on former employee Lala Kent's podcast. 

The restaurateur, who works alongside her husband Ken Todd, said she lost a lot of money in the pandemic, and has been saving money by doing her own nails at home.

Lisa admitted: “Five months of paying rent and insurance, and having no business is taxing, stretching, [has been] a bit of a nightmare. 

“But we’ll get back on track soon. When we do decide to open, we have good-sized patios. Pump is 90 percent garden. 

“TomTom has two gardens and we can put tables outside. So we are very fortunate with that but we’ve just been waiting for it to be safe.”

Jax Taylor recently revealed he faked working at SUR

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Jax, Kristen Doute, Brittany Cartwright, and Stassi Schroeder are no longer part of the show

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It is unclear if Tom and Tom will return to Vanderpump Rules when the new season begins filming.

Jax Taylor and is pregnant wife, Brittany Cartwright, will not be coming back to the Bravo show amid reports they were fired.

Producers of the show fired Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder earlier this year after they were accused of racist behavior by former co-star Faith Stowers.

Lisa Vanderpump didn't want to quit RHOBH according to her co-star Kathryn Edwards

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