You'll never get the chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee and a chat with Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, and Blanche, but an upcoming New York City cafe will at least let you bask in all things Golden Girls alongside other series superfans.
Rue La Rue Café will open in early September. As the name suggests, the eatery will pay particular homage to late actress Rue McClanahan, who portrayed sassy Southern belle Blanche Devereaux in the show. More than just an exercise in fandom, cafe proprietor Michael J. LaRue was very close with the actress and is opening the restaurant to honor her. “She was my best friend,” he said at a Community Board 12 licensing committee meeting, DNAinfo reports.
The Washington Heights restaurant will serve cafe staples like soups, salads, and baked goods. Wine will also be available, which we imagine the Girls would be pleased with. It will feature decorations inherited by LaRue following McClanahan’s death, and, thanks to a partnership with her son Mark Bisch, the Walt Disney Company has allowed Rue La Rue Café to create and sell merchandise featuring images from the show.
And in case you were wondering, national treasure Betty White has given her blessing. She’s set to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony later this year.