The son of the late Rue McClanahan, the actress who played Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, says he’s teaming up with one of his mother’s former employees, Michael J. La Rue, to create a Golden Girls themed café in New York City. La Rue said that he and the actress’ son, Mark Bish, first thought of the idea after witnessing the fan response to a website they created to honor McClanahan after her death in 2010. “That’s when we started talking about creating this place where people can come see his mother’s things and a place to honor her memory and her career and just the type of woman she was,” La Rue explained. ” … And also create a space where fans can gather and sort of geek out on the Golden Girls.”
La Rue says that the café, named Rue’s Cafe after McClanahan, would feature furniture from her New York apartment and her Encino, California, home, as well as “about 40” costumes worn by the actress during the series. The café would use the same wallpaper as Blanche’s room on Golden Girls, and even the bathroom would be modified to look just as it did on TV. The menu would also include signature Golden Girls food items — such as “flugel kaka” and “Looks Like Chocolate, Tastes Like Spice, You’ll Wish You Had a Bigger Slice Marble Cake.” Not that you could ever forget, but just for a trip down memory lane, here’s the show’s iconic opening theme song:
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