Lisa Vanderpump staffer Max Boyens ‘QUITS’ and Pump Rules star slammed as ‘cheap’ after TomTom’s ‘pushed back’ reopening
LISA Vanderpump’s longtime staffer Max Boyens “QUIT” as the restauranteur is slammed as “cheap” after TomTom’s reopening is pushed back, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The Vanderpump Rules star’s employee shakeup comes as she is accused of not providing health insurance or proper salaries for those that work at her Los Angeles hotspot.
An insider exclusively told The Sun that Max – who has worked with Lisa for years – quit TomTom over the weekend.
The bar manager was “furious” with Lisa, 60, and her husband/business partner Ken Todd before a “big fight” resulted in his sudden exit – the source claimed.
An informant explained: “They wouldn’t give him health insurance or the salary he wanted. Lisa doesn’t provide any staffers with healthcare.
“After years and years of hard work, he had enough when they still wouldn’t even value him enough for health insurance.”
A rep for Max confirmed that he resigned but could not confirm any further details.
Max, 27, has been heavily featured in recent years of Vanderpump Rules as the general manager of TomTom.
Last year, his romance was shown with Sur hostess Dayna Kathan – who quit the Bravo series last month after just one season.
It was added that “TomTom’s opening is delayed because Lisa and Ken are not ready.”
The informant continued: “The owners [Ken and Lisa] are being very cheap with their money.
“They either don’t have the means or have it and choose not to spend it because the opening has been pushed back and things aren’t looking good.
“The owners give massive anxiety to every staffer. The whole situation is a mess.”
Last month, The Sun reported that TomTom originally planned to reopen following more than a year-long closure “no later” than May 1st.
However, things have not gone as planned – and the West Hollywood lounge remains closed with no exact date scheduled of opening its doors again.
Last month, rumors ran rampant that the LA hotspot co-owned by Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval would shut down permanently due to financial issues following pandemic closures.
However, manager Richardson Chery previously confirmed that the establishment will eventually reopen its doors with some big changes.
He explained: “Slow and steady wins the race. But cleaning a years worth of dust and such is a process. It’s a lot to clean, it’s been a full year!
“We are working around the clock to get TomTom ready. I met with Both Ken and Lisa.
“Even Lisa was cleaning! I love how she participates in everything.”
Richardson – who is also an actor and producer – said that Lisa’s husband, Ken, “has been trying to find other areas in his businesses to find work for [staffers], so we can start working again.”
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Once the upscale eatery and bar reopens, there will be “lots of new changes” including some to the menu, he promised.
In addition to “stronger, tastier new drinks,” the restaurant will also be getting a facelift.
“Now our patio is going to be amazing really, before it was a bit small, but now it’s going to get a makeover, I’m excited about it,” Richardson – who also runs non-profit Project Elev8 – said.