A ‘Golden Girls’-Themed Café Has Opened in New York City

The new café held its soft opening this week

The café’s inspiration, Rue McClanahan, died in 2010, and left a warehouse of memorabilia to owner Michael LaRue.

A new eatery has opened in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, and it’s dedicated to the classic American sitcom Golden Girls.

Owner of Rue La Rue Café, Michael LaRue, opened the eatery in honor of his close friend and actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV show.

Rue La Rue Café, located at 4396 Broadway, is decorated with TV show memorabilia (some inherited from the late actress) and even has palm tree wallpaper resembling Blanche’s bedroom.

Patrons at the 40-seat eatery can enjoy menu items such as the “Betty White Cake,” a coconut cake by chef Michele Weber; and cheesecake, a Golden Girls favorite, from Choc NYC.

The café serves breakfast and lunch, but will likely serve dinner in the future, LaRue told Gothamist. It is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


"It's just to give the staff a chance to practice," LaRue said. "As soon as I'm confident we're ready, we'll set dinner hours as well."