As a tribute to the 20th anniversary of the popular television series "Friends", Warner Bros. and Eight O'Clock Coffee are teaming up to bring a one-month pop-up coffee shop at 199 Lafayette St. in Soho. They'll be serving free coffee from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 8pm on weekends beginning September 17. The shop will be modeled after the ficticious 'Central Perk' coffee shop featured on "Friends".
The real-life pop up shop will be an exact replica of 'Central Perk', where the characters gathered during the show's 10 season run on NBC, right down to the famous orange couch. Throughout the month, several promotions will occur including an appearance by James Michael Anthony, who played Gunther- the awkward barista who pined for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston's character). Customers will also be able to purchase "Friends" merchandise and listen to live musical performances.
This won't be the first 'Central Perk' tribute, though- England already houses in Liverpool and Chester and there's also one in the Beijing district in China. "Friends" premiered on September 22, 1994 on NBC and eventually became one of the most popular sitcoms in television history.