‘Golden Girls’ pop-up to host drag brunch with queens dressed as Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia – News Kidda

Drag events have become a hot-button topic in some parts of the US, but in the 90210, a series of drag brunches at the Golden Girls Kitchen, a tribute to the classic NBC sitcom, are just a hot ticket.

The pop-up — an officially licensed shindig at 369 N. Bedford Drive, presented by event and experience company Bucket Listers (in partnership with rights holder Disney) — has six brunches on the calendar through the end of October, four of which have already sold out.

“The drag brunches sold out the fastest,” explains Bucket Listers founder and CEO Andy Lederman. The show’s four characters — Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia — will be re-created by drag queens who are expected to lip-sync the show’s theme song, “Thank You for Being a Friend.”

Bucket Listers – a company that partners with event producers, movie studios and other IP holders to create and scale unique experiences in cities like LA, New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Austin, Boston and more – planned the experience as a “immersive homage” to the classic Susan Harris-created sitcom that ran for seven seasons, from 1985 to 1992.

It starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan 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’s Bedroom,” a reproduction of her space that is sure to be a popular photo backdrop.

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

The restaurant, headed by executive chef Royce Burke of Dino’s Famous Chicken and pop-up 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 with a total of 75 seats available), guests receive a reserved seat, a 90-minute window for dining, choice of an appetizer, and a slice of cheesecake (chocolate, strawberry, pumpkin, or Oreo ). Menu items include Sophia’s Lasagna Al Forno (meat or vegan), the Lanai: A Miami-style Cuban Sandwich, Blanche’s Georgia Style Cookie, Bacon Lettuce Potato Sandwich, and more.

Additional items and local delivery will be available for a la carte purchases, while specialty items, including custom cocktails, will be rolled out at a later date. The Beverly Hills location, in a space once occupied by the Bedford & Burns restaurant, also sells merchandise from aprons to coffee mugs. It is the first to open doors with additional Golden Girls Kitchens planned for New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago.

Lederman is quick to commend both Burke and Derek Berry, Bucket Listers director of experiences who previously powered pop-ups Saved by the Max, Good Burger and The Peach Pit. “We didn’t want to make it a gimmick,” Lederman said of the offer. “We really wanted, unbelievable food, and we put a lot of thought into the details — everything from the playlist to the trinkets you see everywhere. It’s all thanks to Derek Berry, who has an amazing track record of putting this on a very authentic way to do it, it really makes you feel like you’re on the show.”

Amid a pandemic in which countless viewers said they were returning to comforting content and beloved shows like golden girlsLederman said now is the perfect time to launch the kitchen experience, especially after Betty White passed away in December. “It was incredibly important to Disney that sooner or later we did something. This is a show that has stood the test of time and it really is one of the few timeless classics,” Lederman said of the show, which is now streaming on Disney-owned Hulu.”With everything going on in our country right now up to the recent passing of Betty White, we felt it was the perfect time to not only bring this to LA later this year, but also to other cities.”

The Shady Pines bar will have a custom cocktail list, and individual seats are also available with reservations. A pink neon sign advertises the show’s theme song, “Thank You for Being a Friend,” a Cynthia Fee cover of the original written by Andrew Gold and Brock Walsh.

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

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A look inside Blanche’s bedroom at the Golden Girls Kitchen pop-up presented by Bucket Listers. Lederman says, “I think a lot of people here will get creative and take nice pictures.”

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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 News Kidda magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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