Ariana Madix and Katie Maloney Confirm Salary Dispute With Chef Penny Davidi, Plus New Exterior Pic of Shop Seemingly Shows Lack of Progress Ahead of Opening Date

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VIDEO: Ariana Madix and Katie Maloney Confirm Salary Dispute With Ex-Chef Penny Davidi as LVP Worries Something About Her Will "Never Open" in Pump Rules Sneak Peek, Plus See Sandwich Shop Exterior Ahead of Opening Date

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Ariana Madix and Katie Maloney are seen discussing a salary dispute they had with now-ex-chef Penny Davidi in a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Vanderpump Rules.

Just days after Katie, 37, confirmed that Penny is no longer involved with her and Ariana’s sandwich shop, Something About Her, a preview shows Ariana, 38, and Katie addressing their issues with Lisa Vanderpump, 63, who arrives at the restaurant for a visit.

“I’ve spoken to Penny … and you guys aren’t speaking to her,” Lisa tells Ariana and Katie in a sneak peek at the April 30 episode.

“There’s a lot of missing pieces,” Ariana replies as Katie explains, “She proposed she would like to be paid a salary and then, like, a percentage that she would want and so we sent that to our lawyer.”

“And also,” Ariana continues, “as the two sole owners of this business…”

“Oh, she’s not going to be a partner?” Lisa interjects.

“This isn’t, like, the three of us as ‘The Three Musketeers.’ She receives a salary and then we offered, on the backend, 10 percent of profits from this location,” Ariana shares, adding, “That’s a great deal.”

According to Lisa, she recalls Penny saying she was “okay with that.” But at the time the preview was filmed, she had apparently had second thoughts.

“Now she’s saying she’s not,” Ariana reveals as the clip continues.

Meanwhile, in a cast confessional, Katie further explains, “We originally had brought Penny on to be our COO and head of back of house. But we are having a little trouble seeing eye to eye on what her role will be in our business.”

Back in the scene, Lisa asks the ladies, “So do you want to part ways with her? … I know she really wants to be involved.”

“That’s kind of what we’re trying to figure out right now,” Ariana admits.

Lisa also speaks of Penny in a confessional of her own, telling the camera, “I’ve always had a really good relationship with Penny and she can help the girls. She’s helped me.”

She even confesses, “I worry that if they part ways with Penny, their restaurant will just never open.”

In other Pump Rules news, a photo of the exterior of Something About Her was shared by Bravo Breaking News on Instagram earlier this week, just as The U.S. Sun confirmed its opening date of May 22.

“Ok so, I did happen to go see Something About Her the exact same day they announced their opening. Still no sign or outdoor space (just random chairs!), but I’m holding out hope!” the fan page wrote in the caption of their April 25 post.

Something About Her Exterior Ahead of Grand Opening Date

As The U.S. Sun stated, the chairs outside were arranged as a makeshift waiting area for potential employees.

“The shop is going to add tables to the side alleyway and a custom bench right in front of the store,” a source explained, adding, “The inside of the shop is ready to go. Everything is still in place as it has been teased on the show.”

Vanderpump Rules season 11 airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.