As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, some of Lisa Vanderpump's most notable restaurants, including SUR, Villa Blanca, Pump, and Tom Tom, are temporarily closing their doors.
"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," read a post on Tom Tom's official Instagram page. "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."
The post ended on an optimistic note, reading: "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. Stay safe."
Tom Schwartz, who is a junior partner at Tom Tom alongside fellow cast member Tom Sandoval, reposted the message, noting that he hoped the closure would be short-lived. "Gonna miss you guys," he wrote. "We’ll be back in a jif (hopefully)."
SUR, meanwhile, noted in its own message that "in the best interest of the community," it would be closed "until at least March 31st."
In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, multiple cities, including Los Angeles and New York City, have closed bars and nightclubs while limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery only.
Lisa is one of many restaurant owners whose business is devastated by the health crisis. Bravo's Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio announced on Sunday, March 15, that he was temporarily closing the doors on his restaurants, which are located across NYC, L.A., and Las Vegas.
"Our mission has always been ‘Make People Happy’ but we can no longer do that without jeopardizing the wellbeing of our family of staff, our purveyors, and our guests," he explained in an Instagram post. "We will do everything we can to support our employees through this transition and help each other stay safe. For now, we plan to work with local authorities to help our communities get through this crisis."
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