NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, January 4, 2016, 6:00 PM
“The Real Housewives of New York” star Sonja Morgan is continuing to try her hand at new business ventures. A source close to Morgan tells [email protected] that the reality star is scouting Upper East Side locations in the hopes of opening a restaurant called Tipsy.
“She is opening a restaurant and hiring a producer and filmmaker to try to make a show based on it, like (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star) Lisa Vanderpump,” dishes our insider. “It’s just that Lisa actually had a successful restaurant first, before Bravo came calling with a show.”
Morgan is also researching decor and what kind of menu she wants, adds our source.
We hear that Morgan is sticking with a shortened version of her “Tipsy Girl” name, which she was planning to use to launch a liquor line. Her plans were foiled, however, when fellow “RHONY” Bethenny Frankel filed court documents to block Morgan from using the name, saying it was too similar to Frankel’s “Skinnygirl” franchise. Now, Frankel and Morgan have a strained relationship in real life because of Morgan’s “Tipsygirl” dreams.
“She (Sonja) wants it to be “Tipsy,” because she wants a younger, hipper version of Pump, a pretty garden restaurant in West Hollywood owned by Vanderpump. Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR is the subject of the hit Bravo series “Vanderpump Rules.”
Morgan has had a number of failed entrepreneurial efforts, including a line of toasters ovens, and a fashion line, which debuted in June, but turned out to be a small collection of dresses, blazers and swimsuits that were only available for preorder online.
Sonja also tried her hand at producing, but was sued when her production company, Sonja Productions LLC., was sued by Hannibal Pictures for breach of contract. It was claimed Morgan was supposed to personally finance the film, then backed out. She was ordered to pay $ 7 million to settle the judgment. She had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the time.
A second source tells us Morgan is “serious” about becoming a restaurateur, and believes it will be successful.
“Of all the women, she’s the one in a $ 10 million townhouse,” laughs our source.