Picture It: A ‘Golden Girls’ Restaurant Is Now Open In New York

Greater than 37 years after their tv debut, the Golden Girls have made their approach to the Huge Apple.

On Wednesday, the Golden Girls Kitchen opened in New York to an enthusiastic gaggle of hungry followers. The fast-casual pop-up restaurant debuted in Beverly Hills, California, this summer season, providing trendy interpretations of dishes referenced on the traditional sitcom. Menu gadgets embody Sophia’s Lasagna Al Forno, Blanche’s Georgia Model Cookies, Rose’s Sperheoven Krispies and, in fact, cheesecake.

As was the case for the West Coast incarnation, New York friends can take pleasure in full-scale replicas of the present’s pastel-heavy set, together with the kitchen ― the place most of the most quotable scenes passed off ― and a “lanai” with stylized furnishings.

The Golden Girls Kitchen opened Dec. 7 in New York.

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By far the preferred photo-op amongst guests at a press preview occasion Tuesday was “Blanche’s Boudoir,” with its iconic banana leaf headboard and cover cowl.

The Golden Girls Kitchen is produced by Bucket Listers, a web-based occasions firm. Derek Berry, the group’s vice chairman of experiences, informed HuffPost that he started growing the idea in late 2019, shortly earlier than COVID-19 shuttered many eating places nationwide. Finally, the sudden downtime gave his crew extra time to make sure “no detail was spared, no episode was left unwatched” in the course of the analysis section, he stated.

“We really wanted to tap all five senses at once,” stated Berry, who has created related pop-up eateries primarily based round “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Saved by the Bell,” amongst different exhibits. “There have been smaller ‘Golden Girls’ activations in the past, ‘Golden Girls’ cookbooks, ‘Golden Girls’ merch, but we found a way to bring this all to the next level, and have them compliment each other as well.”

"Blanche's Boudoir" offers plenty of photo-ops for guests.
“Blanche’s Boudoir” presents loads of photo-ops for friends.

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The Golden Girls Kitchen will function in New York via late February. Following its Manhattan engagement, the eatery will go to Miami and San Francisco earlier than wrapping in Chicago within the spring.

“The Golden Girls” ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992 and starred Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. On the time, the collection received main acclaim within the youth-dominated tv panorama by subverting stereotypes about girls over 50.

And although it’s been off the air for 30 years, the present continues to be found by youthful viewers in syndication and on Hulu, and its depiction of plenty of hot-button points ― together with habit, same-sex marriage and sexual assault ― feels startlingly related right this moment.

Guests can enjoy cocktails at the Rusty Anchor, inspired by Blanche's favorite Miami nightspot.
Company can take pleasure in cocktails on the Rusty Anchor, impressed by Blanche’s favourite Miami nightspot.

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Although Berry is aware of that the Golden Girls Kitchen is banking on viewers nostalgia, he’s satisfied that enthusiasm for the collection that impressed it can hold the idea alive for fairly a while.

“The writing is so well done with its humor baked in throughout. People still quote the one-liners today,” he stated. “I’m confident in saying that in another 30 years, it will be a show that fans are still talking about.”

"Golden Girls" stars Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White.
“Golden Girls” stars Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White.

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