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Time for a slice of cheesecake - a Golden Girls cafe has opened in New York

After months of anticipation, the ‘Golden Girls’ cafe has opened in New York City’s Washington Heights neighbourhood.

A photo posted by @rue_la_rue_cafe on Oct 24, 2016 at 11:29am PDT

The Rue La Rue cafe, owned by actress Rue McClanahan’s longtime friend Michael LaRue, is serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Sunday, from 7:30-3:30, with dinner hours to be added soon. McClanahan played fan-favourite Blanche Deveraux on the hit series, which ran from 1985-1992.

There must be cheescake at the Golden Girls cafe.
There must be cheescake at the Golden Girls cafe. Image by Rue La Rue Cafe on Facebook

The menu includes offerings from McClanahan’s personal recipe collection as well as favourite foods of the series’ characters (yes, there’s cheesecake), but perhaps an even bigger draw than the food is the promise of perusing previously unseen ‘Golden Girls’ memorabilia.

Rue La Rue Cafe has opened in Washington Heights.
Rue La Rue Cafe has opened in Washington Heights. Image by Rue La Rue Cafe on Facebook

LaRue inherited many of McClanahan’s belongings after her death in 2010, including Blanche’s fabulous costumes. “I have a whole warehouse going to keep rotating memorabilia and costumes, forever,” LaRue told Gothamist. Fans and foodies can find Rue La Rue at 4396 Broadway in Washington Heights.

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