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Our Story

New York City, 1965. A New York City perfume salesman named Alan Stillman walks into a bar located at First Avenue and 63rd Street. His idea was to attract trendy models and stewardesses into the neighborhood by jazzing up this unassuming beer joint. Single-handedly, the perfume man turns this modest location an instant success. He called it TGI Fridays™


Built upon a legacy of great food, inventive drinks and big fun, Fridays™ has become a favorite place for friends to congregate together and enjoy a casual dining experience. We have brought the world such famous signature items as our Loaded Potato Skins, Chicken Fingers, Buffalo Wings, our Jack Daniel’s Grill® and classic concoctions like our Signature Margarita and the Ultimate Mudslide. The flips and spins of our ingenius flair bartending have become legendary, not to mention our wait staff’s unstoppable service and never-ending smiles. Today, we have more than 931 TGI Fridays™ in some 60 countries worldwide. And, since everyday is Friday at TGI Fridays™ 6,517 Fridays™ every single week.

A guy walks into a bar. Fifty years later, the party is still going on.


T.G.I. Fridays™ Atmosphere

T.G.I. Fridays™ appeal is in its comfortable relaxing environment where guests can truly enjoy a quality dining experience. The service is friendly and accompanied by T.G.I. Fridays™ own stamp of flair and finesse.

The decor – the ambience, the memorabilia, significant memorabilia like the propeller and racing scull, the music and the flair all add to make the Fridays® experience complete. The music is recorded specially for Fridays® and is uniform for all outlets worldwide.

The concept of Thank Goodness its Fridays®, America’s first casual dining chain was first opened in Manhattan at First Avenue and 63rd street and featured the same red and white striped awnings and the signature name that was to best describe a feeling for generations to come.

That was 1965, by 1975 there were 10 Fridays®, today there are over 826 Fridays® concepts in over 50 cities all over the world, serving approximately 25,000 guests every day.

Great food and drink, superior service and a fun atmosphere ¨C that is Fridays® recipe for success.

The Recipe for Success

What are the ingredients that have gone into making T.G.I. Fridays™ an international favourite? We believe it starts with our attitude, our commitment, as well as our concept.

When we launch a business venture we commit the whole company to the success of the new operation. From creating the recognized signature Fridays® interior to hiring, staffing and training at all levels, Fridays® is there to help. At start-up we send experienced Friday’s® personnel to make sure the Fridays® experience is consistent for the guest. We also provide the benefit of an intensive, comprehensive training program, unmatched in the food service industry, Fridays® Unit Managers complete an extensive training program. The training ensures all our managers understand T.G.I. Fridays™ commitment to a quality guest experience. Because we believe the quality of a guest’s experience is closely linked to the quality of the employee experience. So we make sure our employees enjoy what they are doing. After all, our guests will have fun if the staff is having fun! That is why we take fun so seriously.

People as a priority

In a business that begins and ends with people, naturally it takes a very special kind of person to qualify as part of the Fridays® Family. Our is a distinct corporate culture ¨C one in which we encourage individuality and self-expression. We want to work with people who live by a code of integrity and commitment. These are people we will work with closely, people who will carry the Fridays® banner while building a very successful business. We are very proud of the business associations we have cultivated worldwide and that these working relationships consist of mutual trust and respect, both personally and professionally.

Flavoured with innovation

One of the reasons why our guests keep coming back to Fridays® is because they enjoy the food and drink. We offer everything from American favourites (such as Loaded Potato Skins ¨C a Fridays® invention) to exotic creations reflecting our international influence (such as the Shanghai Chicken Salad.) Indeed, you can say the T.G.I. Fridays™ Menu is truly international.

In fact, Fridays® is widely recognized in the restaurant industry for its leadership in food and beverage development. Many items that are considered `mainstream were, in fact, introduced by Fridays®

At Fridays®, we have a year-round research and development program in place, monitoring food and beverage trends and ensuring that we maintain our innovative tradition. This commitment and on going effort allows Fridays® menu to stay fresh, exciting and in tune with our guest is changing lifestyle, taste preference and eating habits.

Spirits ¨C served with spirit

T.G.I. Fridays™ has always endeavored to have the most lively, creative and complete bar & beverage service possible, Fridays® bartenders learn more than 450 recipes and are trained to serve them with flair and superb showmanship techniques.

Fridays® much-enjoyed bar menu includes popular special like frozen drinks, ice cream drinks and their very own variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic Smoothies and Flings.

Spiced with style

There is a style, flair, a special feeling about T.G.I. Fridays™ that can never be totally packaged. We know that and that is why promote enthusiasm and individuality. Friday’s® staff is encouraged to bring personality to their work from spinning a shake or balancing a bottle. They often entertain guests.

We like that at Fridays®. We like to have fun.