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“Golden Girls”-Themed Restaurant Opens In New York

We're dying to try Dorothy's Salty Caramel Cheesecake.

You grab the cheesecake, we’ll get the plates: The Golden Girls themed restaurant has officially opened in New York.

Gothamist is reporting owner Michael J. LaRue has started serving breakfast and lunch at Rue La Rue Cafe on a limited schedule and hopes to expand soon.

“It’s just to give the staff a chance to practice,” LaRue told the site, adding that they were packed over the weekend. “As soon as I’m confident we’re ready, we’ll set dinner hours, as well.”

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For now regular hours at Rue La Ru, located at 4396 Broadway in Washington Heights, are 7:30am to 3:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

Named for the late Rue McClanahan, who was close friends with LaRue, the cafe is filled with memorabilia and photos of the star, and a timeline of McClanahan’s life. Customers can dine on wraps, salads and snacks, as well as Chef Michele Weber’s “Betty White Cake.”

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A local baker has even whipped up cheesecakes honoring the show’s four iconic ladies (Dorothy’s Salty Caramel Cheesecake has a caramel lava center), while Uncommon Coffee Roasters is brewing unique blends to represent the girls. You can even sip your coffee in a mug emblazoned with Rue’s face.

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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