[Photo: courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.]
Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop from NBC's iconic sitcom Friends, will soon become reality: Entertainment Weekly reports Warner Bros. Entertainment and Eight O'Clock Coffee will mark the show's 20th anniversary by opening a NYC pop-up replica of the friends' favorite coffee shop.
According to a press release, the shop will serve free cups of coffee, promises in-store performances and giveaways, and will offer fans the opportunity to sit on "the actual orange couch from the show." Not appearing: any of the six main cast members of Friends, though frequent guest star James Michael Tyler, who played Perk's pissy barista Gunther, will make "select special appearances." For the stunt, Eight O'Clock Coffee has created a special "Central Perk Roast" that's also available for purchase online. The pop-up opens September 17, and will remain in operation through October 18.