Meet China's Gunther and The Amazing 'Friends' Central Perk He Created
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Central Perk is a very real café you can visit, ignoring the worries of work and offspring while you waste time fraternizing with friends.
At the heart of the episode is the café Du created that resembles the fictional spot Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe frequented in the show “Friends.”
Now we briefly covered Du Xin’s establishments in our article on the 20th anniversary of the hit show that now entertains millions in syndication.
However the brief video affords us another look with an in-depth report on the impetus behind Du’s enterprise.
It seems the man considers himself something of a real-life Gunther, providing a warm place for pals to come and enjoy some laughs to go along with their cups of coffee.
The café owner spares no detail, providing a set of “Baywatch,” which Joey and Chandler adore. He even crafted his very own door hang that resembles the one that lived just inside the most affordable apartment in all of Manhattan.
For Du Xin, it’s more than just a café. In a very astounding way, this business has allowed him to live in a dream world where fiction meets reality on a daily basis.
As he states, he treats his wife as Chandler would Monica, which we assume means making her laugh and regaling her with his stress of trying to finish the WENUS.
We also imagine that means coming up with one joke after another:
NBC’s Ian Williams previously caught up with Du Xin who at the time was opening up a location in Shanghai to go along with the one in Beijing:
The purveyor of American pop culture states in the i-D video, “’Friends’ makes me happy. For me, I’m living in ‘Friends,’ of course I’m happy everyday.”
Du Xin continues, “We all want to live in this dream and never wake up.”
For those interested, you can visit the location, which The Beijinger lists at: “Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Building A, Suite 0616.”
Hopefully the cups of coffee are ridiculously big and the staff is a bit more attentive then they were in the show.
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