When we heard news of a Saved By the Bell-themed bar opening up in Chicago, we聽knew we had to see for ourselves whether it was freakishly perfect or a flop.聽Now we鈥檙e feeling that same throwback anticipation once more, on a GOLDEN level: Retired girlfriends on the go聽Dorothy, Rose, Sophia and Blanche are comin鈥 for NYC. Yes bbs,聽The Golden Girls聽are getting a tribute caf茅聽in Upper Manhattan鈥檚 Washington Heights 鈥榟ood鈥 and we CAN鈥橳 WAIT.


It鈥檚 all thanks to Michael J. LaRue, who鈥檚 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 鈥80s sitcom. Michael was lucky enough to call Rue a dear friend. As long as her聽sassy聽Southern belle role shines through in Rue La Rue Cafe鈥檚 theme, we can鈥檛 see how this restaurant wouldn be a hit.


In addition to dreaming up聽scrumptious cheesecake delights聽that his BFF聽would certainly have approved of, Michael also聽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鈥檛 now whether聽Betty White portraits will grace the resto鈥檚 walls or if聽鈥淭hank You for Being a Friend鈥 will play on repeat over the speakers 鈥 or,聽*fingers crossed,*聽if a聽hologram of Blanche will be around to give us dating advice.聽Either way,聽we can hardly contain our excitement.聽Especially seeing as聽Betty White is said to be confirmed as the official ribbon cutter for the grand聽opening. And you know we all heart Betty.

鈥淚 believe I can turn this place into a mini tourist [hub],鈥 Michael聽told DNA Info, which first broke the news. 鈥淚 believe the neighborhood is going to support this. I believe the population exists here already.鈥 Talk about a major understatement. Surely we鈥檙e not the only ones still binge watching Golden Girls聽reruns and holding on to our precious VHS tapes鈥 are we?

In addition to offering a聽surely聽unforgettable experience,聽Michael also聽plans to design聽and sell one-of-a-kind merchandise, as well as his tasty treats. We鈥檒l take one of everything and an entire cheesecake, please.

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(h/t Eater, photos by Mark Mainz/Getty Images and The Golden Girls Facebook)