‘Golden Girls’ Pop-up Hosts Drag Brunch with Queens in Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia Costume – The Hollywood Reporter

Raffle events have become a hot topic in some parts of the United States, but at 90210 a series of brunch and brunch at Golden Girls Kitchen, in homage to the classic NBC sitcom, is just a hot ticket.

The pop-up—an officially licensed party at 369 N. Bedford Drive provided by Bucket Listers for Events and Experiences (in partnership with rights owner Disney)—has six brunch on the calendar through the end of October, four of which are already sold out.

“The quick breakfasts and lunches were the fastest selling,” explained Andy Lederman, founder and CEO of Bucket Listers. The show’s four characters – Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia – will be recreated by drag queens expected to synchronize the show’s theme song, “Thank you for being a friend.”

Bucket Listers—a company that collaborates with event producers, movie studios and other intellectual property owners to create and scale unique experiences in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, and more—planned the experience as an “immersive homage” to the classic sitcom that… Created by Susan Harris, it ran for seven seasons, from 1985-1992.

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It stars Bea Arthur, Betty White, McClanahan Street, and Estelle Getty as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia, respectively. The quartet is represented in the space by menu items, framed photos, and even “Blanche Bedroom,” a redesign of her space that is sure to be a popular photo backdrop.

He added that such events align well not only with golden girls audience but with the themes and issues addressed in the show. “We knew when we decided to open that this was something that was going to be met with a lot of excitement but what we didn’t realize was how important the show was to a lot of people,” Lederman said. “Many fans reached out and said the show was the first time they felt they saw, or praised it for how it touched on so many controversial topics. We are so proud to make this a very inclusive restaurant and we think it’s the perfect moment to invite everyone out for a great experience.”

The restaurant, led by Executive Chef Royce Burke of Dino’s Famous Chicken and pop-up restaurant Secret Lasagna, is open Wednesday through Sunday and is described as fast casual with an emphasis on desserts. For each ticket purchased (prices start at $39 for a total of 75 seats), guests get a reserved seat, a 90-minute window for dinner, a choice of entree and a piece of cheesecake (chocolate, strawberry, pumpkin, or Oreo). Menu items include Sophia’s Al Forno lasagna (meat or vegetarian), Lanai: a Miami-style Cuban sandwich, Blanche’s Georgia Style Cookie, Bacon Lettuce Potato Sandwich and more.

Additional items and local delivery are available for purchase on demand while special items including custom cocktails will be released at a later date. The Beverly Hills location, in a space once occupied by a Bedford and Burns restaurant, also offers merchandise for sale from aprons to coffee mugs. It’s the first to open doors with additional Golden Girls kitchens planned in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago.

Lederman is quick to credit Burke and Derek Berry, a Bucket Listers experience manager who has previously operated pop-ups saved by Max, Good Burger and The Peach Pit. “We didn’t want to make this something outlandish,” Lederman said of the shows. “We wanted incredible real food and paid so much attention to detail – everything from the playlist to the talent you see everywhere. It’s all thanks to Derek Berry, who has a proven track record of doing this in a very authentic way. It really makes you feel like you’re on the show.”

In the midst of a pandemic during which countless viewers have said they are returning to comfort content and beloved shows like golden girlsNow is the perfect time to start experimenting with the kitchen, Lederman said, especially in the wake of Betty White’s death in December. “It was so important for Disney that we do something sooner rather than later. This is a show that has stood the test of time and is truly one of the few timeless classics,” Lederman said of the show, which now airs on Disney-owned Hulu. Our country now until Betty White’s recent death, we felt this was the perfect time to not only bring this to Los Angeles but to other cities later this year.”

Shady Pines Bar will feature a customized cocktail menu and individual seating is also available with reservations. A pink neon sign announces the theme song for the show, “Thank You for Being a Friend,” a cover by Cynthia Fee for the original song by Andrew Gold and Brock Walsh.

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A look at the four types of cheesecake, strawberry, pumpkin, chocolate, and Oreo.

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A look inside Blanche’s bedroom at the Golden Girls Kitchen pop-up provided by Bucket Listers. “I think a lot of people are going to be creative and take fun photos here,” Lederman says.

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A look inside the Golden Girls Kitchen pop-up presented by Bucket Listers.

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A look inside the Golden Girls Kitchen pop-up presented by Bucket Listers.

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This story first appeared in the August 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.