“The Golden Girls” Inspires Rue La Rue Cafe

By Cindy Sanawong

Staff Reporter

Located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, the new restaurant Rue La Rue Cafe is dedicated to the late actress, Rue McClanahan, and the rest of the “The Golden Girls” cast.

Starring McClanahan, Bea Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty, “The Golden Girls” is an American sitcom that aired 180 episodes from 1985 to 1992.

The show follows four older women who live together in Miami as they embrace the single life and enjoy the “golden years.”

Although many students at Sacred Heart have not seen much of the show, most know what it’s about and like the idea of a “Golden Girls” themed cafe.

“I know the show and Betty White is awesome,” said sophomore Amy Boyles. “I would definitely visit [the cafe] if I were more familiar with the show.”

Since the cafe recently opened at the end of January, not many people know of it. Some students feel their generation is too young to appreciate the cafe since the show aired before they were born.

“I would probably like to have seen the show first to get the full experience of the cafe,” said freshman Margot Smith. “I think it would be really cool if I had seen the show.”

Betty White is the only member of the four Golden Girls who is still alive, so some students wonder if Betty White will stop by and make an appearance at the cafe.

“Betty White is very well known for her role. I think the owner would hope for her to come to the restaurant,” said Boyles.

The cafe is owned by Michael J. LaRue and McClanahan’s son, Mark Bish. According to The New York Times, LaRue had access to some of the show’s archives set pieces, costumes and props because he met McClanahan at an animal rights charity event at Studio 54 and they became good friends.

In an interview with CNN, LaRue talked about his friendship with McClanahan and what the cafe is all about.

“She was a very talented actress, but better than that, she was a wonderful friend,” said LaRue. “She was a loving, kind, generous person and I’m really honored to be able to do this little bit to keep her legacy alive.”

You can visit the new cafe at 4396 Broadway in New York.

They are open Tuesday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with dinner hours
coming soon.

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