There’s a New Golden Girls Cafe and We Can’t Wait to Get in Line
When we heard news of a Saved By the Bell-themed bar opening up in Chicago, we knew we had to see for ourselves whether it was freakishly perfect or a flop. Now we’re feeling that same throwback anticipation once more, on a GOLDEN level: Retired girlfriends on the go Dorothy, Rose, Sophia and Blanche are comin’ for NYC. Yes bbs, The Golden Girls are getting a tribute café in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights ‘hood… and we CAN’T WAIT.
It’s all thanks to Michael J. LaRue, who’s currently in the works to open Rue La Rue Cafe at 4396 Broadway in honor of the late, great actress Rue McClanahan. Rue played our fave OG (or should we say GG?) character, the v feisty Blanche, on the beloved ’80s sitcom. Michael was lucky enough to call Rue a dear friend. As long as her sassy Southern belle role shines through in Rue La Rue Cafe’s theme, we can’t see how this restaurant wouldn be a hit.
In addition to dreaming up scrumptious cheesecake delights that his BFF would certainly have approved of, Michael also plans to decorate the cafe with special pieces he inherited from Rue, including her piano and all kinds of sweet Golden Girls mementos. It sure sounds like this is going to be half restaurant, half pure fun.
We don’t now whether Betty White portraits will grace the resto’s walls or if “Thank You for Being a Friend” will play on repeat over the speakers — or, *fingers crossed,* if a hologram of Blanche will be around to give us dating advice. Either way, we can hardly contain our excitement. Especially seeing as Betty White is said to be confirmed as the official ribbon cutter for the grand opening. And you know we all heart Betty.
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“I believe I can turn this place into a mini tourist [hub],” Michael told DNA Info, which first broke the news. “I believe the neighborhood is going to support this. I believe the population exists here already.” Talk about a major understatement. Surely we’re not the only ones still binge watching Golden Girls reruns and holding on to our precious VHS tapes… are we?
In addition to offering a surely unforgettable experience, Michael also plans to design and sell one-of-a-kind merchandise, as well as his tasty treats. We’ll take one of everything and an entire cheesecake, please.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)