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Pump is ready to serve you after a long march from Hollywood

An iconic West Hollywood restaurant serves up deliciousness

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Pump serves up beautiful ambiance, great food…and the waiters ain’t half bad. (Photos by Susan Hornik and courtesy Pump)

If you are looking for a romantic place to dine that’s right in the heart of Weho, look no further than Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump. The  “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “VanderPump Rules” star created a magical outdoor dining area serving reasonably priced, eclectic food under the stars.

“Being located on the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica, in the heart of West Hollywood, makes this a hot spot for our gay clientele,” said Chad Schropp, the restaurant’s attentive general manager. “The manner in which Lisa and her husband, Ken, encourage the gay community and are big supporters makes a big draw here as well. The cocktails and atmosphere are like no other in Los Angeles.”

The olive trees, decorations and overall vibe of Pump makes the restaurant a unique dining experience.”This is a hidden gem, when you drive by us on our street, you think, ‘ya, it looks nice,’ but you have no idea what you are about to see until you walk through our front doors. Guys are like ‘holy cow!’ This is something they really did not ever expect.”

With Vanderpump very involved in dog rescue, of course, dogs are very welcome at the restaurant. (Maybe in the future, she will create a special dog menu for patrons who bring in their four legged friends!)

The outdoor garden bar and indoor lounge make Pump a great place to meet for a potential date. And if you are single and ready to mingle, weekends at Pump are exciting, with a live DJ playing music, creating a cool vibe for patrons.

“We get so many people at our bar during the weekend, the fresh air and fire pits—our customers love our vibe!” enthused Schropp.

There are many delicious items on the menu, “Some of my favorite items include the Vanderpump Fish and Chips, Rigatoni with Chicken and Pine Nuts—there is an incredible sauce with that, and the Seared Ahi Tuna with Rosemary Potatoes.  For appetizers, one of our best sellers is the rock shrimp tempura and Fresh Papaya with Shrimp and Crab.”

Schropp estimated that 60-70 per cent of his clientele are tourists, and the rest are locals. “Guys come from Sur and walk up the block to check us out. And are regular customers like to sit at the bar, talk with our bartenders, and enjoy a few glasses of wine and appetizers and just relax.”

Pump has a variety of fun cocktails that are refreshing and perfect for a hot summer night.

“Some of our most popular drinks include the Pump and Glory (vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime, muddled cucumber and mint, garnished with fresh black pepper) and Pump-tini, (vodka, Pava liquor, fresh grapefruit, lime and muddled raspberry) said Daniel, one of the restaurant’s lead bartenders, who is from Brazil. “The ladies love our delicate, light drinks that are so tasty. We use sophisticated ingredients —the French Pavan liquor, fresh fruit, high quality vodkas. As Lisa likes to say, our drinks are very sexy to match our special! ambiance!” 

One of the restaurants’ best gay waiters is the very handsome Constantine, an actor who has been with Pump since it opened. “I love working here—the aesthetics alone are beautiful. You feel like you are in a magical fairy tale book. It’s whimsical, sexy, beautiful, intimate—just a wonderful date spot.”

L-R: Constantine Rousouli, Paul Francis, Richardson Chery

Constantine’s favorite dishes include the Pan Seared Pacific Sole and the Truffle Mushroom Chicken. “I also love the Spicy Wasabi Cauliflower Mash! It’s so delicious, and has a lot less calories than mashed potatoes!”

The food is not the only thing that excites people—Constantin gets hit on every day. “We are wearing tight pink shirts that are open down to our chest, of course, all the waiters get asked out!” he quipped. 

Constantine is incredibly appreciative of Lisa’s support of the LBGTQ community. “Lisa and Ken are so open and they always give back—with money and sweat and tears. You really feel like you are an extended part of her family working here. It’s a beautiful, open space for equality and I truly love working here.”

To finish out your meal, you can check out the desserts, the bakery Sweet Lady Jane brings in, like red velvet, chocolate and carrot cake.

When you are finished walking the nearly 4 mile #ResistMarch on June 11, we would highly recommend Pump’s Pride menu.  Pump promises a fabulous array of proud offerings that will is sure to satisfy your resistant soul.

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The annual LA Times 101 list is here at last

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LOS ANGELES – The 101 list is here, celebrating some of the best food in L.A.

Search vegetarian, Asian, Mexican and more categories, or find the perfect restaurant for a special night out or in. With a map to highlight the best places near you, the 101 could spotlight a hidden gem just around the corner.

So before you decide on dinner plans, check out the 101.

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Hit Instagram smash burger pop-up Chris N Eddy’s debuts in Hollywood

The duo are ready to serve up their acclaimed tasty burgers in their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

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LOS ANGELES – KTLA 5 Live aired a segment Friday on Instagram sensation Chris N Eddy’s who have spent months of serving smashburger-style cheeseburgers to lines of hungry diners out in parking lots.

Now the duo are ready to serve up their acclaimed tasty burgers in their first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 5539 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The 5 Live crew visited the shop that has made a name for itself through enticing Instagram photos of their sliders, tater tots and fries.

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LA’s comeback, a lesbian community leader has a starring role

There’s a sense of relief and excitement as LA starts to reopen

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Madonna Cacciatore, (driving) and spouse Robin McWilliams in the new Discover LA advert

LOS ANGELES – Nearly thirteen long months have passed since the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the greater Los Angeles region as well as the rest of the Golden State.

However, now with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reporting that its Health Metrics data continues to reflect reduced transmission of COVID-19 in the County and test positivity remains at the lowest levels of the pandemic- coupled with 53% of the population getting vaccinated, there’s a sense of relief and excitement as LA starts to reopen.

Having a role in that reopening literally is Madonna Cacciatore and her spouse Robin McWilliams who are part of an ensemble cast in the recently released Discover Los Angeles dot com television commercial celebrating the sights, sounds, places, and destinations in LA.

Cacciatore, a transplant from the Lone Star State of Texas, in addition to being an actor is also Vice President of the Board of Directors at L-Project Los Angeles, the former Executive Director at Christopher Street West/LA Pride, and the former Director of Special Events at Los Angeles LGBT Center.

McWilliams is the owner and CEO of MadCatch Entertainment, a management company representing some of the most amazing theatrically trained actors, singers and writers in the Los Angeles, and NY area.

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