Lisa Vanderpump announces her beloved Villa Blanca restaurant is closing after 12 years

Lisa Vanderpump is officially closing the doors to her beloved Villa Blanca restaurant in Beverly Hills after 12 years.

The reality TV star and restaurant mogul confirmed the news in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com on Friday.

Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd will focus on reopening their other locations – Pump, SUR, Tom Tom and Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Caesars Palace – and hope to relocate Villa Blanca staff to other locations down the track.

Moving on: Lisa Vanderpump is officially closing the doors to her beloved Villa Blanca restaurant in Beverly Hills after 12 years

Mogul: The reality TV star (pictured in May 2013) and restaurant mogul confirmed the news in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com on Friday

Mogul: The reality TV star (pictured in May 2013) and restaurant mogul confirmed the news in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com on Friday

She told DailyMail.com: ‘Although there have been many untrue articles in the past week or so about the reasons for closing Villa Blanca, we are indeed going to be closing up our doors for good. 

‘Reputable news sources shouldn’t quote untrue facts printed in gossip columns.’

Vanderpump explained that the 12-year lease for the restaurant is expiring imminently and the landlord was not willing to renegotiate on the rent price which has increased significantly.

Dynamic duo: Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd (seen together in February 2019) will focus on reopening their other locations - Pump, SUR, Tom Tom and Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Caesars Palace – and hope to relocate Villa Blanca staff to other locations

Dynamic duo: Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd (seen together in February 2019) will focus on reopening their other locations – Pump, SUR, Tom Tom and Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Caesars Palace – and hope to relocate Villa Blanca staff to other locations

She said: ‘If the landlord had been willing to renegotiate and the lease wasn’t ending, we would have reopened, but unfortunately with Coronavirus, the situation was beyond our control.’

There is optimism despite the closure, however, as the mogul is hopeful that she can reopen the restaurant at a different location.

Vanderpump explained: ‘While saying goodbye to the location where we have actively served the Beverly Hills community for 12 years and employed hundreds of Angelenos, is a sad time for us, we are excited to perhaps bring Villa Blanca back in the future at a different location – as its staff and customers have always been a family.’

Making it clear: Vanderpump (seen at BravoCon in New York back in November) told DailyMail.com: 'Although there have been many untrue articles in the past week or so about the reasons for closing Villa Blanca, we are indeed going to be closing up our doors for good'

Making it clear: Vanderpump (seen at BravoCon in New York back in November) told DailyMail.com: ‘Although there have been many untrue articles in the past week or so about the reasons for closing Villa Blanca, we are indeed going to be closing up our doors for good’

She has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years and owns several throughout the Los Angeles area including  Pump, SUR, and Tom Tom in the Los Angeles Area in addition to the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is working toward continuing service at those locations as the country reopens.

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