‘Golden Girls’ Once Had Its Own Themed Cafe Before it Met Unfortunate End

by Matthew Memrick

There once was a “Golden Girls” themed restaurant in New York City, but it, unfortunately, didn’t last a year.

Owner Michael J. La Rue was close friends with late actress Rue McLanahan, and he decided to start the 4396 Broadway cafe in Feb. 2017.

Eater New York reported on La Rue’s 40-seat venture that year. He loaded up the eatery with memorabilia he inherited from the cult show about three sassy friends and a mom. Stars like actor Lin-Manuel Miranda checked out the place to see items from the show, including an Emmy, outfits, and photos. 

The restaurant went all out, too. It offered soups, salads, and desserts. Cheesecake, “Betty White Cake,” and “Dorothy’s Salted Caramel” were among the menu items.

The NBC show ran from September 1985 to May 1992.

Big Dreams For “Golden Girls” cafe

La Rue said he had hoped to make the cafe a tourist hub for the neighborhood in the opening. But sadly, it didn’t turn out that way.

La Rue shut down everything down to “process the lessons learned during the rehearsal period this last year.”

But four years later, there’s no word of the restaurant returning

“Golden Girls” Puppet Show On Tour

This week, a nationally-touring puppet show about “The Golden Girls” has two shows in Connecticut. Sort of.

Waterbury and Stamford theaters will host “That Golden Girls Show!” starting this Saturday, according to the CT Insider website.

Four actresses hit the stage with their Miami senior puppets. The show tries to cover it all, recreating memorable scenes and highlighting things like Rose’s St. Olaf stories, Dorothy’s witty comebacks, and Blanche’s libido.

Show creators bill the show for “girls, gays, and grannies,” but all adults are welcome. In a busy concept, audience members watch the puppets, but both the puppets and actresses react. 

 Watching One ‘Golden Girl’ For Her Birthday

With time inching closer toward “Golden Girls” star Betty White’s 100-year-old birthday, one Massachusetts insurance agency is trying something different.

White’s birthday is Jan. 17, and Nevada-based Choice Mutual is paying an applicant $1,000 to binge-watch 10 hours of her best work.

“We’re looking for someone who adores Betty White. This candidate is probably already planning to binge 10 hours of her classics, but now they get paid to do it!” the company said.

Of course, there are conditions. You have to be 18 years or older and a United States resident. If the company picks you, you’ll have 24 hours to watch 10 hours of preselected Betty White film and TV work. Then, you’ve got to document the experience on social media so your friends and family can celebrate White’s career too.

Sounds like fun, right? You can apply online, and the application process closes on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.