the one where chinese gunther opened his own central perk

Could he BE any more obsessed?

by Francesca Dunn
07 May 2015, 9:10am

So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke and about to become infinitely jealous of our new friend Gunther. Having gone through a bad break-up, his mates recommended he watch everyone's favourite sitcom to soothe his broken heart and teach him how to love again. It worked. Falling fast and hard for Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe's friendly faces, Gunther loved their lives and found solace in their world. He's since found his lobster (his wife, Rachel) and had a son (Joey), but his obsession will never die. Quitting a job he wasn't content with, Gunther opened his very own Central Perk in Beijing, and has recently expanded to a second, in Shanghai. The coffee shops are exact replicas of the one in Friends and even come complete with specially made couches and a real life Smelly Cat. So PIVOT your way down to China (preparing yourself for anything with unagi) and frolic in the fountain as you reflect on all 236 episodes of the series and get to know the greatest barista of all time. OH.MY.GOD… it's Gunther.

Hi! How you doin? Why do you relate to Gunther so much?
Because I am nobody just like Gunther most of the time… and I love FRIENDS as much as Gunther loves Rachel.

What have you learnt from Friends?
I have learned a lot, like don't be selfish and always try to love the world. Also do the job you like.

In your opinion, which is the best... episode... ever?
They are all the best. All about love.

Was it difficult creating your very own Central Perk?
Very difficult to recreate a thing that only exists on TV. Every little detail I have to draw a picture, on paper, in my mind . I am not a designer.

And you made Joey's apartment next door?
Yes, but only for exhibition... also we use it during weekend when we got enough customers.

How did you feel after watching the final episode?
Sad. Like seeing off a best friend when you don't even know if you can see them again.

Does Joey watch Friends?
I don't think he can understand everything in it, and I don't want explain it to him, so I just let him feel love and friendship.

Do you have a Phoebe who performs in Central Perk?
We hold events called Looking For Phoebe, with singers who play Phoebe's Smelly Cat.

Have you found your lobster?
Yeah my wife.

What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
All they know is that I am doing something I really like. It's about a TV show and passing on the meaning of Friends.

Have you ever danced The Routine?
No, it's Ross and Monica's thing.

How often do you make FRIENDS references?

Could you BE anymore obsessed?
I will try my best to be.

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