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Lisa Vanderpump Announces PUMP’s Reopening Amid Tax Dispute Allegations!

Lisa Vanderpump announced that her West Hollywood restaurant, PUMP, is set to reopen next week after a report came out that the restaurant was indefinitely “suspended” due to alleged tax issues.

The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star tweeted on Friday, “Ok a big week coming, it’s been a long year, but filming three shows has definitely kept me busy, I am fully vaccinated many of our staff are in process, numbers are way down, [new show] Overserved airs on E Mar 18th it’s so much fun lol, Pump opens 17th. And our rescue has now saved 2200 dog [sic].”

Vanderpump also asked her followers for more positivity as the world continues to bounce back amid the pandemic.

“No time for negativity, let’s get going this year and bring our lives back in the ‘RoaringTwenties,’” LVP wrote in a second tweet. “Thank you all for your amazing support thru these crazy times. Off to do my podcast 😂.”

LVP’s comments came two days after The Sun reported that the California Franchise Tax Board “suspended” Pump over a tax dispute. According to business records obtained by the outlet on Wednesday, March 10, businesses with a “suspended” standing are due to failure to pay taxes, failure to file tax returns or failure to pay penalties or interest accrued on the taxes, according to Us Weekly.

The outlet reported that filings were last made on February 2, but no updates to the restaurant’s status have been indicated on the forms. While the cause of the tax discrepancies are unknown, the California Franchise Tax Board’s website states businesses must pay any alleged balances or file any allegedly past due tax returns in order to reopen.

While Vanderpump revealed Pump’s reopening as Wednesday, March 17, the website for the eatery says, “We are OPEN!” on the homepage.


Photo Credit: Courtesy via PUMP Restaurant/Instagram; Bravo Media/NBCUniversal