Imagine: An empty bistro in Beverly Hillson the set of a 1980s sitcom about four women living in Miami transformed into working restaurant.
The newly opened The Golden Girls Kitchen is inundated with reservations. Some patrons have even come from out of state to see the pop-up restaurant.
Joe Saunders of Cranston, Rhode Island, learned about the pop-up while his two teenage children and their mother were visiting Northern California. So they made a special trip south just to see it.
"I was a little hesitant to come, but my children's mom really wanted to come." I'm going to eat ice cream."
Thirty years after "Golden Girls" ended on NBC, she still portrays her four housemates: Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. Fans can't get away from situation comedies. Pre-orders for the first month sold out before the pop-up opened. Just a few months ago, his first-ever Golden-Con fan convention took place in Chicago, piloting the animated futuristic "Golden Girls" series. is for sale.
Online event company Bucket Listers organized the pop-up. There was Disney's blessing to own the rights to "Golden Girls." That's why the organizers were free to throw Easter egg references into the decor and menus. Further back is a replica of the women's kitchen counter with a yellow wall phone. Behind the dining room, Blanche's bedroom has been recreated, including the iconic banana leaf bedspread and wallpaper.
"It was so heartwarming to see my mother light up. I know she watched this show at least 50 times each season." said A.J. Maloney, 23, from San Diego with her mother Shelley, 45.
The Bucket Listers Experience His director, Derek Berry, has a lot of experience staging pop-ups. Since 2016, he has overseen half a dozen restaurant tributes, including Chicago's Saved by the Bell diner.
'Breaking Bad', 'Beverly Hills 90210' and 'Good Burger' also influenced Fast His Casual His Diner. Berry's standard for pop-up handling is if the show has "endurance" and people cite it all the time.
One of the things he enjoyed most was executive his chef Lois, who worked with Burke to come up with and name menu items. Choices, of course, include lasagna, often made by Sicilian-born Sophia, and cheesecake in a variety of flavors. There are also references to Scandinavian cuisine that Rose mentioned in her story about Olaf in her hometown of St. Minnesota.
I wasn't sure if they were real." said Berry. "We threw a couple in there. It's so much fun to see the staff and I trying to pronounce it." However, its popularity exceeded expectations. Berry added that he has plans to go to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and, of course, Miami.
"Golden Girls" premiered in his 1985 performance. None of the four stars are alive. Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty all died in her late 2000s, and Betty White died last December when she was 99. However, the show continues to find new life and new young fans due to its availability for cable reruns and streaming on Hulu. The diverse demographics of restaurant patrons are proof of that.
18-year-old Moses Nicholas from Los Angeles and his girlfriend Johanna James dated for vegan lasagne and vegan cheesecake. Their reservation was a surprise gift to him from James' mother. Her mother knew that they both grew up watching “Golden Girls” in syndication and still watch it on Hulu.
"For some reason, there is something very relatable about this show," said Nicholas. "It's really funny and very healing to watch." James added that the couple's age only proves the show "never dies." }
Shirley Lyon and her three girlfriends, all senior citizens, flew in from Palos Verdes, California, with their own drinks. The quartet, who called themselves the "Golden Girls", brought in self-made "Golden Girls" mugs, but their faces were superimposed on the characters. It brings back the joy of watching.
"I think everyone here loves them," he said Lyon. "I don't think anyone will come who doesn't feel precious. I love their friendship."