Cheesecake for the Soul: A ‘Golden Girls’ Cafe Opens | NY Times

By ISAAC OLIVER

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Inside the Rue La Rue Cafe, a themed restaurant in Washington Heights honoring Rue McClanahan and the other actresses from the television sitcom “The Golden Girls.” (Photo: Jessica Lehrman | NY Times)

Picture it: Manhattan, 2017. A crisp Saturday morning. Every table in Rue La Rue Cafe — a new restaurant in Washington Heights dedicated to Rue McClanahan and her hit television series, “The Golden Girls” — was occupied, including one in a replica of the kitchen set from the show. The pumps Ms. McClanahan (Blanche) wore in the pilot episode are displayed in a glass case. Mannequins draped in her gowns surrounded a pianist and guitarist playing mellow jazz on a corner stage. Behind them, on a pedestal, was her 1987 Emmy for lead actress.

When the musicians took a break, a mounted television was turned up so customers could watch episodes that play steadily. Conversation happily quieted as Bea Arthur (Dorothy) and Hal Linden were heard saying good night after a sixth-season date.

“This is a museum!” said a woman in line to order.

From behind the counter, the co-owner, Michael J. LaRue, replied, “It’s a museum with good food.”

Read more: Cheesecake for the Soul: A ‘Golden Girls’ Cafe Opens | NY Times

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