Obit ArthurIf you can't get enough of bawdy broads trading barbs and eating cheesecake out on the lanai, there's a new establishment coming to New York City that's especially for you: Rue La Rue Cafe, a "Golden Girls"-themed restaurant set to open this fall.

The idea is the brainchild of Michael J. LaRue, and inspired by his close friendship with the late Rue McClanahan, who played the promiscuous Blanche Devereaux on the beloved '80s sitcom. During a recent community meeting in NYC's Washington Heights neighborhood, LaRue laid out his plan for the cafe, explaining that McClanahan left him many pieces of "Golden Girls" memorabilia when she passed away in 2010; LaRue plans to decorate the cafe with those items, he said, including McLanahan's piano, which will be used for live music performances. (We request the iconic theme song on repeat.)

According to DNA Info, the Rue La Rue menu will include "soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine — and, of course, cheesecake." LaRue -- who's partnering with McClanahan's son, Mark Bisch, on the project -- also said there's a plan to sell officially-licensed "Golden Girls" souvenirs, thanks to a deal with the Walt Disney Company, which owns the rights to the Emmy-winning series.

"I believe I can turn this place into a mini-tourist [hub] in Washington Heights," LaRue said at the community meeting. We're definitely on board.

Rue La Rue Cafe is currently slated to open in early September in the appropriately-named Sofia Storage Building at 4396 Broadway. According to LaRue, Betty White (who played Rose Nylund on the show, and is the last surviving member of the core ensemble) will appear at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

[via: DNA Info]

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