PHOTOS: First Look at Lisa Vanderpump's Pump Lounge in West Hollywood
By Daniel Reynolds
Pump Lounge, a posh new restaurant, bar, and garden launched by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump, will open its doors to the public this Thursday. Before its grand opening, Vanderpump, who also owns nearby restaurants Sur Lounge and Villa Blanca, gave Out Traveler a private tour of her latest Los Angeles–area establishment, showing off her coat of arms, century-old olive trees, and a hand-painted homage to the LGBT heritage of the neighborhood. Check out the photos below.
Behind Pump Lounge's gates is a surprising garden with Mediterranean-influenced flourishes, including iron lamps, accent pillows, a waterfall, and outdoor chandeliers.
In an homage to West Hollywood's LGBT population, Lisa Vanderpump handpainted a message in the VIP lounge that commemorates the overturning of Proposition 8 .
In addition to quotations from Vanderpump and her costars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Pump Lounge's VIP area also has the letters "HBIC" inscribed on the wall, short for "Head Bitch in Charge."
The olive trees planted throughout Pump Lounge's courtyard are around 100 years old and were transplanted from Northern California.
Bottles of Moët and Perrier Jouet await consumption atop the outdoor bar.
Food Network Star's Penny Davidi heads the kitchen, which serves much of Pump's Mediterranean-influenced cuisine like burrata, seafood carpaccio, tuna tartare, salads, and pastas, al fresco under the shade of olive trees.
Owner Lisa Vanderpump, standing in Pump Lounge's interior, prepares to brief her new staff.
Lisa gives the Vanderpump Rules to the venue's attractive waitstaff. Several episodes of the Bravo reality series, which follows the lives of Vanderpump's employees, are filmed at Pump Lounge and Sur Lounge, her other West Hollywood property.
Pump Lounge's sun-filled interior offers varied and whimsical seating.
A muscled bar staff discusses the game plan for Pump Lounge's opening weekend.
Select decor pays homage to Vanderpump's British roots, such as framed portraits of the Beatles.
A construction worker packs up, having just finished installing the venue's name on its facade.
Lettering and an olive tree graphic on the windows insist that besides being a bar and restaurant, Pump Lounge is also a garden.
Lisa Vanderpump's familial coat of arms adorns the gates of Pump Lounge.