New York’s “Golden Girls”-Themed Cafe Has Closed

Thank you for being a friend, Rue La Rue Café.

New York is a tough town, even for a brilliant idea: Rue La Rue Café, the Golden Girls-themed restaurant that opened earlier this year, has shut its doors.

“Rue La Rue Café is closed,” owner Michael J. La Rue wrote on Facebook, hinting there may be a future for the cafe. “We are going to process the lessons learned during the rehearsal period this last year and, hopefully, continue to provide this special experience to guests from around the world.”

Michael J. LaRue opened the cafe in Washington Heights in February, serving breakfast and lunch amid awards, outfits and other memorabilia formerly owned by friend Rue McClanahan.

Customers could dine on wraps, salads and snacks, as well as cheesecakes honoring the show’s iconic leading ladies (Dorothy’s Salty Caramel Cheesecake has a caramel lava center.) You could even catch classic episodes as you sipped coffee from a mugs emblazoned with Rue’s face.

The cafe caught a whiff of scandal this summer when a former assistant sued for sexual harassment. LaRue denied the allegation, claiming the staffer was “inept” and just retaliating because he refused to front him money for rent.

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