A new café is coming to New York to honour Rue McClanahan and her role on the iconic TV series The Golden Girls, giving visitors a chance to see the late actor’s memorabilia and embrace their inner Blanche.
The Rue La Rue Café will be located in Washington Heights, Manhattan. McClanahan, who died in 2010, played the beloved character Blanche Devereaux on the series from 1985 to 1992.
The café will be opened by McClanahan’s son, Mark Bish, and Michael J. La Rue by the end of August or early September. La Rue told Lonely Planet in an email that the café “will honor (Bish’s) mother and my dear friend”. He said it was McClanahan’s dying wish that after her family took anything of sentimental value, her fans should have access to her possessions and memorabilia. After holding some auctions, Bish and La Rue run her estate’s website to honor her wishes, and the café will put many of those items on display to the public for that reason.
La Rue said there will be a small stage with McClanahan’s piano, and they hope locals and visitors will be able to use the place to perform. For anyone who wants to bring a memory home, La Rue said he was able to make a deal with Disney that will allow them to show episodes of “The Golden Girls”, carry Disney’s merchandise from the show and manufacture their own merchandise with images from the show and their own Rue La Rue logo.
He notes that new information about the café and its opening will be available on the Official Rue McClanahan Memorial Page. And if you’re wondering, yes, there will be cheesecake.