"It was really, truly devastating. We were prepared for everything, but we weren't prepared for this," she told DailyMailTV of the pandemic's effect on the restaurant industry. "It was unsustainable for so many.
"We did open briefly, but then we shut down again," she explained. "It costs a lot of money to open up and then shut down again. So, that was kind of hard."
She said she has been encouraging her staff to get vaccinated and revealed she has already been vaccinated herself.
The news of Pump's reopening follows rumors the restaurant had been “indefinitely suspended” after the state of California closed it down due to alleged tax issues. Vanderpump took to Twitter on Sunday, March 14, to clarify the situation, saying she simply owed a small $250 filing fee to the state from 2016.
According to California law, businesses must pay any purported balances or file any allegedly past due tax returns in order to reopen, so the issue was presumably resolved.
The British beauty's other restaurants — Sur, in West Hollywood, and the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — have already reopened for business. TomTom, her most recent venture with Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz remains closed for now.
"My first love is really the restaurant business," she added. "To open that back up and welcome people back through the doors [is] great."
It's a big week for Vanderpump. In addition to Pump coming back, her all-new delicious E! show, Overserved With Lisa Vanderpump premieres on Thursday, March 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
In each half-hour episode, the stylish 60-year-old invites viewers behind the exclusive gates of her home, Villa Rosa, for an al fresco evening full of unexpected surprises and revealing moments with celebrity guests.