The new Washington Heights cafe themed around saucy septuagenarian show, Golden Girls is inching closer to opening its memorabilia-packed doors. Rue La Rue Cafe, to debut at 4396 Broadway, has been advertising to hire staff and posting photos of a nearly-finished interior, where the walls are plastered with tons and tons of pictures of the show’s titular ladies. Owner Michael LaRue was a close friend of late actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux, and the cafe’s decor is reportedly decorated with memorabilia that he inherited. According to photos teased on the Facebook, he’s not kidding around. Earlier this week, the team posted this before and after:
The cafe has also posted photos of a case displaying McClanahan’s Emmy, mannequins wearing some of McClanahan’s glamorous outfits, a bathroom tiled like the one in the show, and a very luxe-looking gold mica chip and glitter floor, in “the spirit of Blanche.”
It’s hard to tell all the goodies packed in this corner of the restaurant, but looks like almost no space went untouched as far as Golden Girls love goes.
The 40-seat spot will serve classic cafe fare like soups, salads, and desserts, like chef Michele Weber’s “Betty White Cake.” Cheesecake — a food that the Golden Girls ate more than 100 times — comes from nearby bakery Choc NYC, which created recipes for each of the four characters on the show, including a “Dorothy’s Salted Caramel” with a caramel lava center. LaRue imagined that the cafe would become a tourist hub for the neighborhood, and judging by all the decor already teased, it will be quite the attraction for diehard fans.
Eater has reached out for more details on the specific opening date, so stay tuned.