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‘Friends’ Is Staging a Pop-Up, Central Perk and All

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Plus, there’s Hill Country drama — and more intel

A Central Perk pop-up in China
A Central Perk pop-up in Shanghai, China
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Get ready for another Friends pop-up

Warner Bros. TV is staging a Friends pop-up for the iconic show’s 25th anniversary. It’s in Soho from September 7 to October 6 and will include recreations of Monica’s apartment and Central Perk, the coffee shop the six friends frequented, as well as costumes from the show and a retail area. Tickets go on sale this Friday for $29.50, and if past Friends pop-ups indicate anything — demand will likely be high. Lines stretched up to three blocks during 2014’s pop-up, though tickets will help alleviate that situation.

Openings, closings, and coming attractions

The Upper West Side has a new kosher burger spot called New Amsterdam Burger Bar, located at at 680 Columbus Ave., but the Starbucks at Broadway and 99th Street has closed. The East Village’s McDonald’s at 102 First Ave. is closed for a renovation. And in Queens, We Bagel has opened at 47-11 11th St. in Long Island City, from the owners of Bread Box, and a location of Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opens on Wednesday at 187-12 Horace Harding Expwy in Fresh Meadows. There will be free pizza on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for anyone who downloads the Blaze Pizza App.

Hill Country food hall is sitting in wait

The 8,000-square-foot space in Downtown Brooklyn that used to house Hill Country’s failed food hall is in major flux. When its barbecue concept and then food hall didn’t work, the barbecue brand brought on Feenix Venture Partners Opportunity Fund as an investor. Now, Feenix is attempting to purchase the lease out of bankruptcy, at the same time Muss is trying to collect $73,655 in back rent. If Feenix takes control of the lease through bankruptcy, it can do what it wants with the space so long as a judge approves.

Brooklyn man sues DoorDash

Following DoorDash’s controversy that it pocketed tips from customers instead of giving them to delivery people, a Brooklyn man is reportedly suing the food delivery company. Alan Arkin says in the suit that “no reasonable person would enter a tip on that app knowing that what they’re doing is going to a multibillion-dollar tech company.” He’s looking for damages. CEO Tony Xu said the company would change that policy, but has yet to announce how.

Queens supplier recalls 76,000 pounds of frozen catfish

Premium Foods USA, Inc. in Woodside has issued a recall on 76,000 pounds of catfish. The Queens-based food supplier didn’t follow proper food inspection protocol, so the government recommends throwing away Shahjalal products. The full list of affected product is here.

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