‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary Spawns Real-Life Central Perk Coffee Shop

New York City pop-up replica will feature the NBC sitcom’s props, guest stars and awful Lisa Kudrow song “Smelly Cat”


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of NBC’s “Friends,” Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O’Clock Coffee will bring the show’s most iconic hangout to life.

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Central Perk, the trendy New York City coffee shop featured in a great many of the show’s episodes, is opening its doors to the public this fall in a stunt backers are calling “The One with the Free Coffee.”

The replica coffee shop, which will be decorated with a variety of props from the popular sitcom — including the infamous orange couch cast members so often sat on — will be fully functioning. Visitors will be treated to free cups of Eight O’ Clock Coffee, appearances from James Michael Tyler — the frequent series guest star who played the oddball barista Gunther — and occasional live renditions of Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) notoriously awful acoustic song, “Smelly Cat.”

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“Friends,” which ran from 1994 to 2004, also starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

Central Perk, which will be located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, will be open for business from Sept. 17 to Oct. 18.