Michael J. LaRue will open Rue’s Cafe as a shrine to all things Rue McClanahan who played our favorite sassy Southerner, Blanche Devereaux, in New York’s Washington Heights this September. As a human who has a Golden Girls-themed bathroom with a color palette inspired by Blanche’s green-and-pink bedroom, I am about as happy as the girls were when George Clooney guest starred as that undercover cop in season 2.
The menu will feature soups, wraps, salads, baked treats, and of course, cheesecake, and LaRue, a close friend to the actress, will decorate the establishment with McClanahan’s personal belongings and showbiz memorabilia he inherited after she passed away in 2010. He and McClanahan’s son, a partner in the restaurant, are also in the process of creating their own Golden Girls merchandise and fixtures. May we suggest cross-stitched throw pillow with such wisdom as, “The older you get, the better you get, unless you're a banana" or “I’m from the South. Flirting is part of my heritage.”
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As if this news weren’t enough to process, Betty White, who played Rose Nylund and is the last surviving member of the quartet, will also reportedly be attending the grand opening.
Will the chairs be made out of sculpted bamboo with salmon, philodendron-print cushions? Will there be a lenai? Will the dress code encourage shoulder pads and/or teal silk robes? Until we have the answers in September, we’ll be busy prepping ironing our caftans.