Lisa Vanderpump’s Beverly Hills restaurant, Villa Blanca, was evacuated yesterday afternoon.
According to a report by TMZ on May 15, the facility started smoking on Monday around lunch time and promptly led their patrons to be evacuated. Luckily, despite a likely financial setback to the business, no one was injured.
“Lunch patrons were evacuated when smoke started to fill the restaurant and the [Beverly Hills] building around it,” the outlet revealed to readers.
Villa Blanca is one of three Lisa Vanderpump-owned restaurants in Los Angeles. As fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Vanderpump Rules may know, the reality star also owns two restaurants in West Hollywood, SUR Restaurant and PUMP Lounge.
“A pizza oven extract got too hot and started smoking,” Lisa Vanderpump’s husband, Ken Todd, explained to TMZ, adding that he didn’t want to take any chances and quickly “called the fire brigade.”
Todd went on to reveal that while the restaurant will likely be closed for a few days, the only real damage to their facility was from the water used to cool off the pizza oven. As for Lisa Vanderpump, she took to Twitter to let her fans know that there was no fire at her restaurant.
“The pizza oven was smoking… All is well now, thank you,” she wrote in response to a couple of photos of firetrucks outside of Villa Blanca.
Lisa Vanderpump was first thrust into the spotlight in 2010 when she was cast as one of six ladies on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 1. Alongside her were Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, and Taylor Armstrong. Three years later, as she continued her full-time role on the show, Lisa Vanderpump was given a spinoff series by Bravo TV, which is currently based out of her West Hollywood hotspot SUR Restaurant.
The spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, follows Lisa Vanderpump’s staff at the restaurant, including Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie, Tom Sandoval, Kristen Doute, and Ariana Madix.
While Lisa Vanderpump surely has her hands full with her reality shows and restaurants, in addition to her animal rights efforts and new pet store, there doesn’t appear to be any reason to think she wouldn’t return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the series’ upcoming eighth season.
Although Lisa Vanderpump faced rumors of moving on from the show last year, ahead of Season 7, she ultimately chose to return and spoke to Access Hollywood about her decision.
“I was reticent because I felt the last season was just so aggressive towards me. I’m not a victim in it because I did hit back and the audience were great and really supported me, but it just went down a road I just thought, ‘I don’t think I can do this anymore,'” Lisa Vanderpump explained, according to People Magazine.
“I’d been on it for quite a few years, but then I met with them — I didn’t start until a couple of weeks after everybody else — and I’ve had such a great time on it and it was just really a couple of really negative episodes and I thought that shouldn’t define the whole experience because it’s given me so much in terms of, as I say, going to Congress for Yulin [dog meat festival] and they said that they would include a lot of the things that I was doing in my life and that was very important to me,” Lisa Vanderpump added.
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