Thank you for being a friend, NYC! A Golden Girls–themed restaurant is reportedly set to open in uptown Manhattan in early September, according to a new report.
Michael J. LaRue, a longtime resident of Washington Heights, plans to open Rue La Rue Café to honor the late Rue McClanahan, his close friend who played Blanche Devereaux on the beloved, Emmy-winning NBC sitcom from 1985 to 1992.
According to DNAinfo, the café — which will be located at 4396 Broadway between 187th and 188th Streets — will serve soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine.
LaRue told the outlet that he plans to decorate the restaurant with some of McClanahan’s “personal belongings and show business memorabilia” that he inherited after her death in June 2010. He is the executor of the late actress’ estate and the administrator of her will.
But wait, there’s more! The eatery owner also reportedly announced during a recent licensing committee meeting that he has “already lined up” Betty White to attend the grand opening. The 94-year-old actress is the only surviving Golden Girl.
“I believe I can turn this place into a mini-tourist [hub] in Washington Heights,” LaRue said. “I believe the neighborhood is going to support this. I believe the population exists here already.”
DNAinfo also reported that the Rue La Rue Café will sell its very own Golden Girls merchandise after getting permission to use images from the TV series from the Walt Disney Company.
The Golden Girls, which also starred the late Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty and is now in syndication, won 11 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards during its seven-year run.