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Anyone who’s ever watched the show “Friends” - so that’s just about everyone - has wondered why there’s not a Central Perk coffee shop in real life. This spot is where the six friends spend much of their time during the show’s 10 seasons, but it was just a fictional coffee shop created for the show.
But “Friends” fans will be delighted to know that earlier this month, Warner Bros. Entertainment, who owns the rights to the show, reportedly trademarked the use of Central Perk to potentially run cafes in the future.
According to The Blast, court documents show Warner Bros. was granted a trademark for the name “Central Perk,” as well as its logo, for potentially using with “Coffee shop and cafe services; coffee bars; tea bars; snack bars.” They also reportedly filed to reserve the right to use the name on products like toys, games, and slot machines, but that request is still pending.
And just because Warner Bros is trademarking a name and logo doesn’t mean they’ll actually ever open a Central Perk coffee shop. But when a one-time only Central Perk pop-up opened for the 20th anniversary of “Friends,” people seemed to like it and there were lines down the block, so what are they waiting for?
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