While I was taking a few days off for some much needed R & R this weekend, it seems that news broke about another lawsuit against Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd. These two seem to always have a half dozen or so lawsuits going on at any given time.
The latest filing involves their decision to FINALLY shut down Villa Blanca. They had been trying to unload that business for years and the pandemic provided them with the perfect excuse. Tamara Tattles exclusively reported on the closing of Villa Blanca here. At the time of the closing LVP claimed that the lease with the owners was coming to an end. She had hoped to renegotiate the lease due to the pandemic making it impossible to meet the monthly rent but claimed the owners were not interested. She also said she might reopen it at another location in the future and I’m quite sure that was a lie. Villa Blanca was deeply in debt from all the many lawsuits they lost to mistreated employees. In one of the lawsuits LVP and Ken were found personally liable when the restaurant itself didn’t have enough insurance money to pay the settlement. So it that part of her statement wasn’t true, the rest of it is suspect.
Breach of Lease and Breach of Guaranty
And sure enough, the property owner is now saying they failed to meet the obligations of their lease. The official defendant’s on the lawsuit are Blanca Investments LLC and Kenneth Todd. I don’t think Lisa is an official defendant. They shut down Villa Blanca at the very beginning of July. The Blast is reporting that the landlord is owed $80,000 for “October’s rent” but I have a feeling that amount may be for more than just October. In total they are being sued for $80.236.86 as well as an additional $80,236.86 damages. Although, I believe restaurant owners had a six month grace period from March to pay their rent before facing eviction. So that would have been through September. Either way they will have to pay it eventuallhy.
Ken has apparently claimed that he had a $40,000 security deposit but the landlord is claiming to have no knowledge of that. That seems like something that Ken could easily prove. Anyway, this is at least the third lawsuit of 2020 for Ken and LVP. Previously, SUR employees sued for issues with their wages and working conditions.
I can only imagine being an attorney for Ken and LVP is a really lucrative gig to have.