Lisa Vanderpump Denies Stealing the Idea for PUMP from Nene Leakes: 'It's My 35th Restaurant'

Lisa Vanderpump says she used her longtime relator to help find the property for her famed restaurant

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Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t need another Housewife’s help running her restaurant empire.

At the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 9 premiere party, Vanderpump denied that she stole the idea to open her famed Los Angeles restaurant PUMP from Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes.

“It’s the first thing I’ve heard about it in six years, so it’s been a surprise,” she told reporters Tuesday night of hearing Leakes’ allegations. “It’s my 35th restaurant.”

Vanderpump, whose restaurant SUR is featured on the Bravo series Vanderpump Rules, opened PUMP in 2014. She also owns Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills and Tom Tom in West Hollywood.

Leakes previously claimed Vanderpump opened PUMP after she pointed out the West Hollywood property to her when she was considering opening her own bar.<a href="" data-inlink="true">Lisa Vanderpump</a>/Instagram
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Vanderpump denied the claims, saying she used her longtime relator to find the space.

“It’s from the same landlord as the landlord at SUR,” she continued. “It’s 200 yards down the road. I didn’t really need anyone to point it out to me, but thanks anyway.”

During an appearance on Jenny McCarthy‘s SiriusXM show earlier this month, Leakes said Vanderpump talked her out of buying the property.

“She said, ‘Oh darling, darling, it’s a piece of crap and they’re charging so much for it, darling,'” Leakes said. “She talked me off of it and then went and got it.”

Leakes said she and Vanderpump have not spoken about the issue since.

“Now when she sees me, she’s like ‘Hi NeNe,’ ” Leakes explained.

RHOBH airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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