Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ cast member Lisa Vanderpump, and partners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz from reality restaurant show Vanderpump Rules recently opened Tom Tom restaurant on August 9 in the heart of West Hollywood.
The design from Miami-based Nick Alain is a mashup between modern Victorian and steampunk, with industrial furniture and lights, a massive brass clock, and gear art, with splashes of leather and velvet. It took 15 months to rework the 2,000 square foot space, including a partially covered back patio overlooking the renovated park just south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The food appears best suited for quick bites instead of a sit-down experience. Sandoval and Schwartz developed cocktails to match the theme, with names like Clockwork Pink and Toulouse Your Mind. According to a spokesperson, Vanderpump gave the restaurant to Sandoval and Schwartz as a gift. “The idea came to me the night I officiated over Tom (Schwartz) and Katie’s wedding vows with both Tom’s present and I thought, ‘What a great gift, a restaurant named after them both.’” Both Schwartz and Sandoval invested $50,000 each for a five percent stake in the restaurant.
Tom Tom’s opening accompanies a local discussion around West Hollywood’s evolving culture. Some believe openings like Tom Tom are destroying LGBTQ culture in one of LA’s historically gay neighborhoods. Hours are 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily, and anticipate weekend hours for brunch.