Tickets for The Golden Girls Kitchen are on sale now.
Before the pandemic threw the hospitality industry into chaos, TV-themed pop-up restaurants had become a huge trend. Only Derek Berry had made a career out of it, creating concepts based on shows like 90210, breaking Badand saved by the bell – the last of which proved popular enough to tour across the country.
Apparently, people still have an appetite for nostalgic TV: in July, Berry – this time in collaboration with event platform Bucket Listers – helped launch The Golden Girls Kitchen in the Los Angeles area. Now, that pop-up is set to start a run in New York next month.
Billed as a “fully immersive pop-up restaurant” that takes “fans of all ages to 1980s Miami, transporting them safely to the world of their favorite golden girls,” The Golden Girls Kitchen will open on Wednesday Nov. 16 at Skorpios in Midtown Manhattan (5 E 54th St.)
Beyond the new location, other details are very similar to the pop-up that took place in Beverly Hills. The ticketed fast-casual restaurant will offer patrons a reserved seat and a guaranteed 90-minute dinner window, including entree and cheesecake, which Bucket Listers say is “served by a lovely Shady Pines server.”
Menu options include items such as Sophia’s Lasagna Al Forno, The Lanai: A “Miami-Style” Cuban Sandwich, Blanche’s Georgia Style Cookie, and the Bacon Lettuce Potato Sandwich (Say It Fast). Cheesecake varieties include Chocolate, Strawberry, Pumpkin, and Oreo, or you can upgrade to Sperheoven Krispies which includes Cheesecake, Strawberries, and Chocolate Ice Cream. And don’t worry: cocktails and mocktails are also available.
“Bucket Listers is honored to bring The Golden Girls Kitchen to Manhattan after a sold-out tour of Los Angeles,” said CEO and Founder Andy Lederman. “The opportunity to give its die-hard fans a deeper appreciation for the show’s enduring legacy has been a dream come true.”
In this sense, the pop-up also offers many photo ops: “Take a photo in Blanche’s boudoir, with a shag rug and a palm print bedspread, or pretend to chat with the ladies via the girls kitchen yellow phone,” the event description states. Visitors will also find a shop offering new products The golden girls merchandise. Finally, the pop-up promises “a rotating assortment of special events, panels, and additional merch for the duration of the pop-up.”
Tickets are currently available at bucketlisters.com from $40.
Not going to NYC? That’s not a problem either. Bucket Listers says they plan to announce additional locations in the Miami, San Francisco and Chicago areas next spring. And even if you’re not a fan of The Golden Girls, the company has other concepts in the works. “This is just the beginning,” Lederman said. “We plan to bring many more original experiences and partners (working with top event producers) to life across the country very soon.”