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That Golden Girls Café Has Finally (Soft) Opened!

That Golden Girls Café Has Finally (Soft) Opened!

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A soft opening—the best kind of opening, really. 

It's time to travel down the road, and back again if you're so inclined, to the new Golden Girls-themed restaurant, Rue LaRue Cafe.

The eatery is the brainchild of Michael J. LaRue, a close friend of the late Rue McClanahan, who memorably portrayed southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the beloved sitcom.

Related | 15 Greatest Golden Girls Moments

The Washington Heights restaurant, initially planned for a September opening last year, is chock full of memorabilia McClanahan left to LaRue upon her death in 2010. He says he has a "whole warehouse" that'll keep the cafe swimming in McClanahan memorabilia and costumes "forever."

Meanwhile, when's the Nobel Committee going to pull their shit together and give this guy the Peace Prize?

With a menu featuring McClanahan's own personal recipes and dishes special to fans of the show, Rue LaRue is currently serving breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

"It's just to give the staff a chance to practice," LaRue told Gothamist. "As soon as I'm confident we're ready, we'll set dinner hours as well."

Still, LaRue says they've been packed on the weekends, which makes a lot of sense since the appetite for anything Golden Girls-related hasn't waned in the 25 years since it ended its original run.

Related | The New Golden Girls Oral History

Judging from this video on the cafe's Facebook page, it's only a matter of time before someone steps up to start belting out "What'll I Do" or "Miami, You've Got Style" on that piano:

Looking forward to that hard open.

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