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The Partners

SUR is owned by two couples, a team of four friends who enjoy taking care of the restaurant from day to day. Guillermo Zapata, Argentinean manager of some of the finest restaurants of Los Angeles, ran SUR¬†for 10 years. The handsome, friendly owner met Nathalie, his French wife, in the restaurant in 2001. She left her Parisian life behind to help her husband continue Sur’s success. In 2005, Guillermo and Nathalie joined forces with Lisa Vanderpump Todd and Ken Todd, a British couple who own 10 restaurants and bars in London, all designed by Lisa. This combination of international expertise has led to a restaurant that is on the cutting edge of style and cuisine, a fresh take on exquisite South-European dining.

The Designer

“As you will see it play out on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who were following my story, it was a stroke of luck when the premises next door to SUR became vacant, I knew immediately that I could create something unique, sexy and had huge potential just by the fact that it had a garden, the height of the vaulted ceilings, the basic architecture was a gift.

I wanted to follow the vibe of my existing restaurant that has always been so well received but carve out a niche in design that would make a statement in West Hollywood. Creating different spaces has been something over the years I have grown to love, we have had many, many restaurants over the years.

I mixed old railway sleepers with graphic modern glass tiles, I gathered an eclectic mix of artifacts, designed our little velvet stools and combined them with industrial zinc tables. I threw a mix of French pillows, chandeliers in cages, long leather chesterfields…installed different antique doors… A complete unpredictable collection of things that I loved.

I pulled it all together to create SUR LOUNGE…”

Lisa Vanderpump

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