Coffee, coffee, coffee!
You’ll get that, plus access to Luke’s Diner branded aprons and T-shirts and other merchandise related to the soon-to-be-rebooted series Gilmore Girls when two Chicago cafes convert into the famous fictional Stars Hollow spot.
On Wednesday, Osmium Coffee Bar (1117 W. Belmont Ave., Lake View, 773-360-7553) and Elaine’s Coffee Call (1816 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, 312-254-4665) will transform into Luke’s Diner, along with about 250 other places nationwide (at least one per state—find your closest one here) as part of a promotion for the Netflix reboot.
As first reported by Eater, the pop-ups will commemorate the 16th year since the series’s original pilot episode, which started a seven-year run on the WB and CW. The new season, titled “A Year in the Life,” will premiere November 25 on Netflix.
From 7 a.m. to noon, these cafes will offer 250 12-ounce cups of coffee (courtesy of Netflix) as well as “all the Luke’s Diner essentials” and a special code for a Gilmore Girls Snapchat filter that fans can use for 24 hours.
Some customers will get a code for three months of free Netflix, says Kyle Hodges with Dark Matter, which runs Osmium. He confirmed that Osmium will be distributing free cups of coffee (Dark Matter beans, not the generic canned grounds that Luke uses) and that employees will be decked out in Luke’s Diner aprons and hats, but they will not be selling merchandise. (Elaine’s was not reachable by phone Monday morning.)
Still, Netflix has been secretive, Hodges says, and he expects one more shipment of items before the big day.
So stop by one of these two cafes and watch out for a man wearing a backwards baseball cap and two brunette coffee fiends. No word yet on whether Miss Patty’s Founder’s Day Punch (the Chicago version should include Malört, no?) will be available.
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