With a "Golden Girls"-theme restaurant slated to open in September, the restaurant inspiration du jour—cult TV shows—is on a path to reach critical mass. Read on for a look at new concepts that have been shaped around TV series and the fans who love them.
Rue La Rue
“Golden Girls” is the latest TV show to get the restaurant treatment, as plans for a cafe inspired by the show were Monday shared by DNAinfo. Set to open this fall in New York City, the spot will feature memorabilia left behind by late “Golden Girls” actress Rue McClanahan and will offer typical cafe fare, including cheesecake (a hallmark dessert of the show).
Saved by the Max
We’ve mentioned Saved by the Max, a Chicago pop-up geared toward millennial fans of '90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” With decor that mirrors the show’s after-school hangout, The Max, the restaurant delivers big on the promise of a nostalgic dining experience. Thanks to its short time frame (it closes in December) and limited number of ticketed reservations, it also gives off a vibe of exclusivity.
Walter’s Coffee Roastery
Fans of “Breaking Bad” will likely jump at the chance to sip at the soon-to-open Brooklyn, N.Y., outpost of Walter’s Coffee Roastery, which debuted in Istanbul last year. While its founder told Grub Street that the coffee shop isn’t Breaking Bad-themed, per se, it drew heavy inspiration from the show, as evidenced by its signage, lab-centric decor and even its name—taken from main character (and meth dealer) Walter White.
Litchfield Penitentiary Cafeteria
As part of its promotional efforts for “Orange is the New Black,” a popular series set in an upstate New York women’s prison, Netflix has transformed a Singaporean diner into Litchfield Penitentiary Cafeteria, SF Gate reports. Diners at the pop-up caf can feast on such appetizing-sounding dishes as Nutraloaf and Gruel.