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Lisa Vanderpump is just one of many restaurateurs whose businesses have been hit hard amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Her Los Angeles restaurants SUR, Tom Tom, PUMP, and Villa Blanca, as well as her Las Vegas hotspot, the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, have all been temporarily closed for weeks as social distancing and stay-at-home measures have been put in place across the country to combat the spread of the infection.
Lisa opened up about how she and her employees have been coping amid the outbreak via video chat on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home on April 7. "It's been devastating. It's not just our business; it's our life as well. So many people have worked for us for years. Now they're all on unemployment," Lisa shared in the above clip. "Just everything's gone right now. We can't go in there, I can't see what's going on. It's been devastating. It's been really sad, I have to say."
The Vanderpump Rules matriarch went on to say that she hopes she and her fellow entrepreneurs, like her friend and WWHL: @ Home guest Lance Bass, who owns the the West Hollywood bar Rocco's just down the block from Tom Tom and PUMP, will be able to resume business as usual when they are able to open their doors again.
"Hopefully we'll be, along with Lance, one of the businesses that survives this — because a lot of people won't, and it's a real worry — and we can resurrect it and give everybody their jobs back," Lisa said. "And I have close relationships with a lot of my employees, so it's been really, really difficult. Very, very sad."
Lisa is just one of several Bravolebs whose businesses are struggling during this difficult time. Kandi Burruss, Tom Colicchio, and Jeff Lewis have also opened up about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their businesses and their industries as a whole.
On a lighter note on WWHL: @ Home, Andy Cohen also asked Lisa for her reaction to Brandi Glanville calling her "an inspiring businesswoman" during an interview on the Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino podcast last month. "Oh my God, if I invested in anything she said, I'd be in trouble. She's also called me a two-faced, lying see you next Tuesday," Lisa said of her friend-turned-foe on WWHL: @ Home. "So whatever she says, it's actually totally irrelevant, but thank you. I'll take it."
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