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TomTom Restaurant Rumored To Be “Permanently Closed” But General Manager Says It Will “Absolutely” Be “Opening Again”

Lisa Vanderpump’s Los Angeles restaurant, TomTom, will “absolutely open” despite rumors it has shut down after Google marked it as “permanently closed.”

Rumors about the hot spot's fate first emerged when Google marked “permanently closed.”

While eateries and bars in the area are reopening, TomTom, which is co-owned by Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, has not been in business since before the pandemic last year. 

However, the bar's assistant general manager, Richardson Cherry said that the hot spot will “absolutely” open in the future, despite recent rumors that it's closed for good. 

“We’re more bar than sit-down restaurant type. Also, our patio isn’t that big,” he told The Sun. “When we can accommodate people safely we will open in a couple of weeks or so.”

“It’s more so about being safe than profit,” he continued. “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. But Richardson claims strict COVID precautions are to blame for the delayed opening. 

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

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

Meanwhile, a rep for both of the Tom’s also confirmed 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 LA hot spot is “permanently closed,” the phone number listed for TomTom has been disconnected. 

Lisa's other LA restaurants, SUR and PUMP, have reopened as they continue to follow safety protocols amid COVID. As previously reported, Villa Blanca closed its doors in 2020 after 12 years. The landlord was not willing to renegotiate the rent price. The Bravo reality star hopes that she can reopen the restaurant at a different location after the pandemic.


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