- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New York City eatery themed after the “The Golden Girls” is nearing its opening date, People magazine reported Thursday.

Named the Rue La Rue Café, it will feature memorabilia from the 1980s program, although special attention will go to the late Rue McClanahan, who played saucy, man-crazy Blanche Devereaux on the NBC sitcom.

The cafe is the brainchild of restaurateur Michael LaRue, whom People describes as a “close friend” of the late actress. 

“I was the last in a long line of Rue’s gay best friends,” Mr. LaRue said, the New York Daily News reported in June. “In fact she asked me to marry her three times so she could change her name to Rue LaRue,” he quipped.

In honor of the McClanahan, an animal-rights activist, the cafe should have plenty of vegan-friendly options.

“[T]he chef has created several delicious vegetarian and vegan items,” the cafe noted Dec. 31 in a response to a question from a fan. “How could we open a Rue McClanahan café and NOT have vegan options? Rue the PeTA enthusiast would certainly find a way to come back and smack me!”

While a full menu is not yet listed online, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page, sole surviving cast member Betty White will be honored on the menu with a dessert selection.

“Chef Michele Weber’s ‘Betty White Cake’ will be making daily appearances at Rue McClanahan’s Manhattan café,” promised the restaurant’s Facebook page in a Dec. 31 posting.

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