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Luke’s Diner Came to Atlanta and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Fans Went Nuts

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The line to get into the Luke's Diner pop-up at JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta

With four brand-new episodes of beloved early-2000s series Gilmore Girls coming in November, the folks at Netflix decided to build anticipation with Luke’s Diner pop-ups across the country. Approximately 200 coffeeshops in North America were transformed into Luke’s on Wednesday, offering free coffee and a little Gilmore swag from 7 a.m. until noon.

That was the plan anyway.

Four Atlanta cafes got in on the action: Corso Coffee in Buckhead, Land of a Thousand Hills in Atlantic Station and Cumming, and JavaVino in Poncey-Highland. As with pop-ups in other cities, each location saw massive lines, and at JavaVino, the queue stretched for nearly two hours. The free coffee — 250 12 ounce cups, on Netflix — was gone by 9 a.m., but the cafe continued to offer discounts for patient Gilmore fanatics. By 9:40, JavaVino had exhausted its supply of 500 Luke’s-branded to-go sleeves. Still, people stayed in line to get a glimpse inside.

There was no drastic overhaul for the pop-up, which coincided with the 16th anniversary of the Gilmore Girls pilot airing on The WB, but JavaVino did add some nice touches for those seeking an authentic Luke’s experience. There was a sign banning the use of cell phones (essential), and quotes from Lorelai were posted around the shop. At the counter, Mallomars were on sale for $1 a piece. Three tip jars allowed patrons to declare whether they’re #TeamDean, #TeamJess, or #TeamLogan. And, of course, baristas were sporting plaid shirts and backwards baseball caps. All in all, it felt like a little taste of Stars Hollow.

Couldn’t spend two hours on a work day waiting in line for coffee? Scope what went down at JavaVino Luke’s via the photos below.

A long line to get into the Luke's Diner pop-up at JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A Gilmore Girls fan poses with the Luke's sign outside JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
The Luke's line stretched through the JavaVino parking lot. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A crowd inside JavaVino for the Luke's Diner pop-up. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A placard welcoming Gilmore Girls fans to Luke's at JavaVino. Eater Atlanta photo
A crowd inside JavaVino for the Luke's pop-up. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A barista sporting a backwards cap makes coffee at JavaVino during the Luke's pop-up. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A to-go coffee cup with a Luke's Diner sleeve. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A barista wearing a backwards cap and plaid shirt, and a "no cell phones" sign. Eater Atlanta photo
A crowd inside JavaVino for the Luke's pop-up. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A crowd inside JavaVino for the Luke's pop-up. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
Mallomars, a Lorelai Gilmore favorite, for sale for $1 each. Eater Atlanta photo
Luke's branded to-go coffee sleeves. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A patron enjoying Luke's coffee at JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
Tip jars allow patrons to pick their favorite boyfriend for Rory Gilmore: Dean, Jess, or Logan. Eater Atlanta photo
Gilmore Girls fans with their Luke's coffee outside JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
Gilmore Girls fans with their Luke's coffee outside JavaVino. Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta
A Luke's Diner to-go cup from JavaVino, with a quote from Lorelai Gilmore: "Nothing says coffee like six in the morning." Eater Atlanta photo

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee! Four Atlanta Cafes Will Transform Into Luke’s Diner for a Day [EATL]

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