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“Southern Charm” Star Leva Bonaparte Began Filming Spin-Off Show This Week at Republic Garden & Lounge



UPDATE on 5/13/22:

Bravo has officially greenlit Bonaparte’s series, which now has a working title of Southern Charm: Leva Land.

According to Deadline, the series “follows the lives of a dynamic social group of friends living in Charleston, and working together. There’s never a dull day in ‘Leva Land,’ with the staff at Republic Garden & Lounge and their powerhouse boss, Leva Bonaparte of Southern Charm. Leva owns four restaurants on the hottest street in town and Republic is the crown jewel of her kingdom.”

The show is produced by Haymaker East with Aaron Rothman, Josh Halpert, Bill Langworthy, Leva Bonaparte, and Lamar Bonaparte serving as executive producers. Jesse Light serves as co-executive producer.

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Southern Charm cast member Leva Bonaparte (right) on Tuesday began filming a spin-off television series at Republic Garden & Lounge, one of the businesses she and her husband, Lamar, own.

The unannounced and untitled series is expected to be somewhat similar to another Bravo spin-off – Lisa Vanderpump’s Vanderpump Rules, which is centered around the staff at her West Hollywood restaurant. Rumors of Leva’s new show hit the internet in September of 2021 when camera crews were spotted filming bartenders and other employees inside Republic. At the time, the series had not been greenlit by Bravo, but it now appears the show is moving full steam ahead. Further details on the new series are difficult to come by, but Charleston residents should expect to see more filming in the coming weeks.

The filming this week at Republican took place during a birthday party for Leva. A few Southern Charm cast members and guests were in attendance – including Naomie Olindo, Madison Simon, and Leva’s sister, Mona Nowroozyani. Leva appeared as a guest on several seasons of Southern Charm before becoming a main cast member for the show’s seventh season. She’s returning to the series for its upcoming eighth season.

Leva and Lamar own Republic Development & Management Group, which runs 1st Place Premium Sports Pub, Bourbon M’ Bubbles, MESU, and Republic Garden & Lounge – all of which are on King Street.

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