‘Golden Girls’ Cafe Opens In New York City, Pays Tribute To Rue McClanahan
Rue La Rue Café, which celebrates the beloved 1980s sitcom, officially opened its doors this week.
The café is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. The decor includes treasures from the estate of the show’s star, Rue McClanahan, and would delight any fan. Her 1987 Emmy Award for Lead Actress is on display along with numerous mannequins draped in the dresses she wore on the show.
Additionally, the café’s bathroom is outfitted to recreate the show’s distinctive pink and mint tiles, and a few walls are covered in the exact banana leaf wallpaper that McClanahan’s character, Blanche, had in her bedroom.
Michael LaRue was a close friend of McClanahan prior to her death in 2010. He now manages McClanahan’s estate, which includes 220 Golden Girls pieces that he will rotate through the café to be shared with the public.
“This has given her eternal life,” LaRue told CNN.