The cast of Vanderpump Rules returned for Season 9 in September after a year-long hiatus, and two of Lisa Vanderpump’s former employees had big news. In the Season 9 premiere, former SUR bartenders Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval announced that they're opening a new bar.
However, things went awry when Katie Maloney-Schwartz entered the chat and offered her two cents about the location’s name — Schwartz & Sandy's. Her criticism wasn’t well-received by Sandoval, who suggested that Katie mind her own business. And that's exactly what she did.
Apparently, Katie's had a dream of opening up a sandwich shop and doing so with Schwartz. But when it became clear that all of her husband's time would be taken by the bar, she teamed up with fellow former SUR worker Ariana Madix instead. We watched as the ladies shared their plans with Lisa and set up meetings with investors — but has Katie Maloney opened up her sandwich shop yet?
Is Katie Maloney-Schwartz’s sandwich shop open yet?
On the Jan. 4 episode of Vanderpump Rules, the Toms throw a “progress party” to give their loved ones a first look at what will one day be their bar. The duo has a long way to go before Schwartz & Sandy's is open for business, and the same can be said for Katie and Ariana.
The Vanderpump Rules stars described the vision for their gourmet sandwich shop as “unapologetically feminine” with European vibes. But as of January 2022, the future of their eatery is unclear.
The girls' idea did catch the attention of one investor — Lala Kent’s now former fiancé, Randall Emmett. We saw Katie and Ariana sit down for an investor meeting with the movie producer, and later, at James and Raquel's engagement party, Randall revealed that he and his partners were interested in investing $150,000 into the project.
Unfortunately, because Randall recently found himself embroiled in a messy cheating scandal, it appears that he's no longer a part of the venture. On Jan. 18's Watch What Happens Live, the Toms sat down with Andy Cohen and shared that Randall will no longer be investing in the ladies' sandwich shop. According to the men, the business relationship has been "dissolved" and "maybe [Randall] wants to cut ties and move on" from the friend group as a whole.
As for the women's ability to run a sandwich shop (with or without Randall as an investor), critics online have been skeptical about the duo’s business acumen and lack of experience in the food industry. In a Vanderpump Rules subthread on Reddit, one user wrote, “How am I watching a reality show for nine seasons and I'm just now hearing that Katie has this secret dream to open a sandwich shop? Why are we just hearing about it now? It makes the show feel really fake and forced.”
Others noted Schwartz and Katie’s ongoing financial troubles. “It's hard enough to open a restaurant when the economy is good and people are healthy. But doing it while Schwartz is leveraged out the a--, Katie has a tax lien, and there's a pandemic is foolish.”
Among the many complaints that viewers had about Katie’s sandwich shop, the biggest point of contention was the shop’s name. So, what did Katie and Ariana name their sandwich shop?
What's the name of Katie Maloney’s sandwich shop?
Katie’s comments about Schwartz & Sandy's came back to bite her after she revealed the name of her new sandwich shop. During a brainstorming session, Katie and Ariana named their business Something About Her... and viewers were not impressed.
“The girls' planned name for the sandwich shop is terrible,” a Vanderpump Rules viewer wrote online. "Something About Her sounds like a women's clothing catalog like ‘Woman Within.'”
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