To all pals and confidants based in New York City: Soon, you shall have a new haven. A friend of the late Rue McClanahan is planning to open a Golden Girls–themed café in Washington Heights in early September.
According to DNA Info, Michael J. Larue will open Rue La Rue Café at 4396 Broadway and turn the restaurant into a tribute to McClanahan, who played the saucy and sweet Blanche Devereaux on the beloved series. Betty White, who played Blanche’s housemate and BFF Rose Nylund, reportedly plans to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“When [McClanahan] died [in 2010], I inherited all her personal belongings and show business memorabilia,” says LaRue, who was the executor of the actress’ estate. “I believe I can turn this place into a mini-tourist [hub] in Washington Heights.”
In addition to McClanahan’s personal artifacts, Rue La Rue will reportedly manufacture its own Golden Girls merchandise, with permission from the Walt Disney Company. No word on what exactly the café will sell, but you can be damn sure that cheesecake will be on the menu.