VANDERPUMP Rules stars Ariana Madix and Katie Maloney are making progress with their sandwich shop business post ‘Scandoval’ with new photographs showing big improvements.
The U.S. Sun has obtained exclusive snaps of work being done inside the business in West Hollywood, which is set to become Something About Her this summer.
GettyAriana Madix and Katie Maloney are opening a sandwich shop together, Something About Her[/caption]
The U.S. SunThe interior of the business shows a new counter and side bench for customers, along with plans laid out[/caption]
The U.S. SunWorkers are seen discussing the construction as they carry out work in the unit[/caption]
Fans first got a glimpse of their space on North Robertson Boulevard this season, just a few doors down from their exes’ bar TomTom and Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump restaurant, which is set to close.
Photographs show a counter has now been installed at the back of the unit, with a large refrigerator sitting behind it as they prepare to serve customers.
A large white bench has also been put into the left of the shop and plans can be seen laid out on a round table in the center of the room which has been painted white.
Workers from Vision Scenery LA can be seen coming and going from the property, and piles of materials and tools are situated on the patio as the team gets to work finishing the business in time.
Ariana and Katie are going into business together to sell a range of handmade and delicately wrapped sandwiches, which were praised by cast members during a previous tasting session.
The women have been working on their business idea for more than a year, and it is allegedly set to open this summer after they secured premises.
They have already revealed the branding for Something About Her and launched an Instagram page showing the aesthetic, along with an online store.
According to the property’s listing, the location boasts approximately 740 square feet.
On the March 8 episode of Vanderpump Rules, Lisa brought up the location to Katie while at dinner at Vanderpump à Paris in Las Vegas.
She told her it has a kitchen and a patio, and costs $8,000 a month.
According to the listing, it also costs $250,000 for a transfer of the lease and all furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
“My interested has piqued,” Katie told the former RHOBH star prior to even checking it out in person.
Since filming took place months ago, The U.S. Sun has learned that Katie, 36, and her business partner Ariana, 37, have begun “leasing it and paying rent.”
Katie previously revealed their goal is to “romanticize lunch.”
“We wanted to feel more romantic and that doesn’t necessarily make it more girly or super feminine, but that romance… air of romance where you’re like, ‘I want to fall in love here,’” she explained on former co-star Kristen Doute‘s podcast.
Katie also expressed the difficulties of getting it up and running on her friend’s podcast.
“You think that finding the location is the hardest part, so you think, but there are so many factors that go into it,” she said.
“It’s not as simple as like picking out paint or tables and chairs – it’s like a lot of extra work, legal stuff that goes into it, licenses and entitlements and things.”
She also mentioned she and Ariana wanted to “really take our time” so they had a “clear road map” and didn’t just jump into it, later throwing shade at Schwartz and Sandy’s bar – which the two Toms struggled to open.
After a year of no social media activity, Something About Her’s Instagram account was finally updated on March 7 to share the shop’s graphic – a knife, sandwich, Swiss cheese, pepperoni, and flowers on pink background.
The pair later launched their online business, which carries official merchandise with the graphic and the shop’s logo.
Per Bravo, Something About Her is expected to open later this year – more than two years after they filed the LLC in July 2021.
Lisa Vanderpump has been supportive of the women starting their own business, after she partnered with Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz on TomTom.
But when asked by Andy Cohen if she was putting any cash into Something About Her, she responded: “I was never planning [on investing]. I’m there to support them.
“I don’t want to be in business with every single person who works for me, but I’m there to support them.”
Bravo fans are eagerly awaiting Wednesday’s Vanderpump finale after news broke that Ariana’s long-term partner Tom Sandoval had an affair with co-star Raquel Leviss.
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After the blonde beauty found an “intimate” video on Tom’s phone, she ended the relationship after nine years together.
They share a $2million mansion in Valley Village, which the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras frontman has not moved out of yet.
The U.S. SunA team from Vision Scenery LA has been working on the business this week[/caption]
_surrules/InstagramThe pair have debuted their branding for the business and have been working hard on their passion project[/caption]
The U.S. SunThe exterior of the shop which is set to open later this year after months of prep[/caption]