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T.G.I. Friday’s History
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Updated March, 2008
The first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant opens in New York City at the corner of First Avenue and 63rd Street. T.G.I. Friday’s on Manhattan’s upper East Side quickly becomes THE meeting place for single adults, totaling $1 million in revenues its first year.
The first T.G.I. Friday’s menu was a chalkboard.

Memphis, Tennessee becomes the location for the second T.G.I. Friday’s.

T.G.I. Friday’s opens in Dallas in the spring of 1972. As in New York and Memphis, T.G.I. Friday’s took the city by storm. The Dallas restaurant nets a record-setting $2 million in revenues its first year. After this dramatic success, the Dallas franchise joins the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in New York to take the concept nationwide, excluding Manhattan. T.G.I. Friday’s Group, Inc. (Dallas) merges into TGI Friday’s Inc. (New York.) T.G.I. Friday’s starts its tradition of welcoming Friday in at midnight on Thursday night. Every Thursday night is like a New Year’s Eve party, with champagne, confetti and noisemakers. “Thursdays are always the big deal at Friday’s, since that’s when the usually packed-anyway restaurant has its midnight gala with balloons and champagne.”
Dallas Times Herald, March 30, 1972
“Bar where the Singles Mingle (local swingles) hang out…Friday’s is the present phenomenon on the Dallas scene.”
Dallas Times Herald, April 25, 1972
“Friday’s in Old Town is one of the highest volume restaurants in Texas.”
Dallas Times Herald, October 19, 1972

“It all began modestly enough. An unmarried New York City perfume salesman named Alan Stillman decided that the coolest way to meet the stewardesses in his neighborhood would be to buy a broken down beer joint, jazz it up with Tiffany lamps and mod young waiters and christen it – with an eye toward attracting the career crowd – the T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It’s Friday). Within one week the police had to ring Friday’s (as it quickly became known) with barricades to handle the nightly hordes of young singles. Hundreds of blatantly imitative emporiums soon opened their doors in scores of major cities – and an industry was born.”
Newsweek, July 16, 1973
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant at Old Town (Greenville Avenue) in Dallas marks its one-year anniversary by selling everything on the menu for 1/10th the price.
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant opens in the Houston Galleria on July 24. Seven astronauts, led by Alan Shepard, attend the restaurant’s grand opening.

After months in the test kitchen, T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants introduce what will become all-time favorite – Loaded Potato Skins.

TGI Friday’s Inc., which has grown to 12 restaurants in nine states, is acquired by Carlson Companies, Inc.

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant is introduced in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Colorado.

Assistant Travel Writer, Judy Williamson, reports that “T.G.I. Friday’s is the grand-daddy of the singles bars…places come and places go but Friday’s endures.”
Dallas Morning News, February 7, 1982

Loaded Potato Skins are the most popular appetizer and Chicken Marsala is the best-selling entree at T.G.I. Friday’s.
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants introduce Friday’s Flings and Smoothies, flavorful, non-alcoholic drinks. A company spokesperson says, “We introduced Smoothies in celebration of the 1984 Summer Olympics. They add another option for guests who decide not to order alcohol.”
Mocha Mud Pie is the dessert of choice.

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain grows to 105 restaurants.

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain celebrates its 20th anniversary.
TGI Friday’s Inc. signs their first international development agreement with Whitbread & Co. PLC of London.

Whitbread & Co. PLC opens the first international T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Birmingham, England.

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant debuts in London/Covent Garden. This restaurant ranks as the highest-dollar-volume restaurant in the chain.

TGI Friday’s Inc. enters into its first international joint venture to operate T.G.I. Friday’s in Asia.

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain grows to 169 restaurants worldwide.
The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain celebrates its 25th anniversary.

20 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants open in the USA, and two are added to the international portfolio.
Booths are added to T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants, and the interior wood is lightened to brighten the atmosphere.

T.G.I. Friday’s is voted #1 in menu variety by diners surveyed by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.
The first T.G.I. Friday’s opens in an airport – Pittsburgh.
The Seoul Yang Jae T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant sets a new worldwide weekly sales record with $185,958 USD.

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain grows to 243 restaurants in the USA and 20 in the international marketplace.
Nation’s Restaurant News profiles Carlson. Southwest Editor Ron Ruggless reports, “From its inception in 1965, T.G.I. Friday’s celebrated its name, ‘Thank Goodness it’s Friday.’ But the 1980’s changed the market, with romantic affairs yielding to family affairs.”
Nation’s Restaurant News, March 29, 1993

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are now located in eight countries.
The London/Covent Garden T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant breaks the worldwide weekly sales record with $214,168 USD only to be followed by the London/Haymarket T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant which set the bar even higher with $247,385 USD.
The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain celebrates the opening of the 300th restaurant, which is located in Seoul, Korea.
TGI Friday’s Inc. signs an agreement to expand into the People’s Republic of China, marking the 50th country where T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants will operate.

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain celebrates 30 years of being the world’s favorite gathering place for food, fun and cheer.
TGI Friday’s Inc. reaches $1,000,000,000 in system-wide revenues.
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants open in eight new countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Panama and Switzerland. T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are now located in 23 countries worldwide.
Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill opens in Orlando, Florida. Celebrities on hand for the grand opening festivities included supermodel Kathy Ireland; ESPN commentator Chris Berman; football star Vinny Testaverde, and basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Success magazine ranks TGI Friday’s Inc. as one of the top 100 franchisors.
Restaurant Business magazine names Friday’s Hospitality Worldwide Inc. as “Employer of Choice”.
Friday’s American Bar opens in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Makati, Philippines.

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant debuts in Idaho – the 45th state for T.G.I. Friday’s.
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants open in ten new countries: Argentina, Cyprus, Honduras, India, Kuwait, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
Development agreements are signed for 26 new countries: Aruba, Austria, The Bahamas, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Macau, Nicaragua, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
For the second consecutive year, Success Magazine ranks TGI Friday’s Inc. as one of the top 100 franchisors.

Jack Daniel’s Grill makes national debut!
The Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill in Orlando sets a new worldwide daily sales record on Superbowl Sunday with $56,650!
The most popular appetizer at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant is Loaded Potato Skins, the most popular entree line is Jack Daniel’s Grill and the most popular dessert is Oreo® Madness.
Scandinavia welcomes the first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Stockholm and the first Friday’s American Bar in Oslo.
Rosinter LLC gets T.G.I. Friday’s franchise for Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine territories. The first T.G.I. Friday’s is opened on Tverskaya street, 18/2 in Moscow and becomes the first American chain casual dining restaurant in Russia.
The Friday’s USA brand reaches $1 billion in system-wide sales.
More than 125 individual restaurant sales records are broken in 1997 – a new Company record.
Friday’s Hospitality Worldwide receives the Enterprise Award for Best Business Practices in the “Going International” category.

To prepare the company to expand its operations beyond the current concepts into new concepts and possible acquisitions, Friday’s Hospitality Worldwide changes its holding name to Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc.
The 100th international T.G.I. Friday's restaurant debuts in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the 500th T.G.I. Friday's restaurant opens in Plymouth, Minnesota.
TGI Friday's Inc. signs a development agreement with Watami Food Service Co., Ltd. which will result in the development of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Japan.
TGI Friday’s Inc. signs a milestone agreement with Compass Group PLC for the development of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants and Friday’s American Bar units in airports across Europe and the Asia Pacific (with the exception of the UK), as well as in Canada and South Africa.

During the first quarter, T.G.I. Friday's restaurants debut in Bogota, Colombia and Fortizza, Malta.
Rosinter LLC gets Friday’s franchise for Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Finland.

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants open in Dublin, Ireland and Budapest, Hungary.
Friday’s American Bar debuts in the London/Heathrow Airport, and a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant opens in the Indianapolis International Airport.
T.G.I. Friday’s launches its newly redesigned website – www.fridays.com.

Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill opens at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants debut in two new countries – Iceland and Saudi Arabia.
Rosinter LLC gets Friday’s franchise for Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. T.G.I. Friday’s opens in Prague.
T.G.I. Friday’s Web Site receives the “Golden Web Award” from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers.
The T.G.I. Friday’s chain receives NRN’s MenuMasters Award for “Best Limited Time Offer” for Island Recipes.
The Oxford Valley T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant was voted “Best Gourmet Burger” by the readers of The Courier Times.

Richard Snead is appointed President of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, and is featured on the cover of Chain Leader.
Rosinter LLC opens new T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Atrium and Panorama trade centers in Moscow, Russia and first Friday’s restaurants in Ukraine and Latvia.
By the end of 2002, there were 522 Friday’s restaurants in the USA and 191 international locations, for a total of 713 restaurants. System-wide sales for 2002 were $2.1 billion.
Minneapolis St. Paul magazine recognized the Minneapolis Airport T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant for having the Best Burgers at the airport.
T.G.I. Friday’s becomes the first casual dining restaurant chain to debut a day-parted menu.
The Buffalo T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant received 1st Place in the “Best After Work Hangout” by the Bee Group Newspapers.
Restaurant Hospitality recognizes the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain as a Merit Award winner in their Best Kid’s Menu contest.
The Las Vegas T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are the Review-Journal-Sun “Reader’s Pick” for Best Late Night Dining and Best Appetizers.
Minnesota Parent recognizes T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants for having a great kids’ menu and fun birthday parties.
Los Angeles City Search readers voted the Magic Johnson’s Friday’s in Ladera as “Top 10 Best After Work Bar.”

TGI Friday’s Inc. signs development agreement with Out In The Boonies, Inc. to develop the first T.G.I. Friday’s in Alaska!
T.G.I. Friday’s announces the first-of-its-kind partnership with Atkins Nutritional Approach.
The revitalization of the T.G.I. Friday’s begins….. New restaurant design, new menu, new lighting, new music!
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide acquires 10 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Taiwan.
Rosinter opens a new Friday’s restaurant in Moscow International Airport Sheremetyevo-2.

T.G.I. Friday’s is voted as Best Airport Food and Beverage Operator by Airport Revenue News in the 2004 Best Concessions Award.
T.G.I. Friday’s is recognized for its beverage innovation by Nation’s Restaurant News at the Nightclub & Bar Show.
Rosinter opens new T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Moscow, Russia (Novoslobodskaya street), Budapest, Hungary (our 2nd outlet in the city!) and Omsk (the first Friday’s of Siberia!)
The Effingham T.G.I. Friday’s received several recognitions in the recent Effingham Daily News Reader’s Poll. The restaurant is voted “Best Dessert”, and also receives honorable mention for “Favorite Ice Tea,” “Favorite Milk Shake,” “Favorite Hamburger,” “Favorite French Fries,” “Favorite Onion Rings,” “Favorite Salad,” “Favorite Italian Food,” “Favorite Seafood,” “Favorite Romantic Restaurant,” and “Favorite Restaurant To Take Out Of Town Guests.”
Anne Varano, SVP of HR and Communications, was honored for leadership excellence at the annual Elliott Conference. Presenting the award is Mary Boltz Chapman, editor-in-chief of Chain Leader.
Richard Snead, President and CEO, is named a Golden Chain Award recipient by Nation’s Restaurant News.
T.G.I. Friday’s revitalization program is profiled in Nation’s Restaurant News.
T.G.I. Friday’s recruiting program is recognized at MUFSO with the prestigious PAPA award.

The T.G.I. Friday’s brand celebrates 40 years with a fabulous celebration at the annual Global Leadership Conference – held on Paradise Island, Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort.
The revitalization of the T.G.I. Friday’s brand makes headlines across the US.
T.G.I. Friday’s beverage program reseives Cheers Magazine’s “Best Spirits Program” award at the 2005 Cheers Beverage Conference.
SVP HR and Communication Anne Varano is featured in HR Innovator Magazine where she discussed her laser-focused HR business strategy.
Angela Hornsby, VP HR for T.G.I. Friday’s USA, is named a “2005 WFF Emerging Leader” by the Women’s Foodservice Forum at their annual conference for her achievements, innovation and industry leadership.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide was named a finalist in five categories for the American Business Awards. The nominations included: Best Business Turnaround, Best Overall Company, Best HR Team, Best Executive – President and CEO Richard Snead, and Best HR Executive – Anne Varano.
T.G.I. Friday’s was awarded the EAT and EAR Award for Best TV Advertising Campaign among concepts with sales greater than $500MM.
T.G.I. Friday’s USA was recognized at the annual People Report Conference with the coveted “Catalyst Award’. The award recognizes a company that has made significant advances in its people practices, and has sustained those results for at least one year.
Pick Up Stix was named “Best Chinese Restaurant in East County” by The Californian regional newspaper.
New T.G.I. Friday’s is opened in Moscow (Arbat street) by Rosinter LLC.

T.G.I. Friday’s is recognized as one of America’s Greatest Brands.
Rosinter launches another Friday’s restaurant in Moscow (Evropeiskiy trade center), the second Friday’s in Prague and the first one in Minsk – right before the President palace.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide was awarded the “2005 HR Service Excellence” award by HR Solutions, Inc. This award recognizes the best HR departments in North America.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and T.G.I. Friday’s were selected by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in Dallas Ft. Worth.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide was named a finalist in four categories for the American Business Awards. The nominations include Best Overall Company, Best Executive – President and COO Mike Archer, Best HR Team and Best HR Executive – Anne Varano.
T.G.I. Friday’s was awarded the 2006 SPIRIT Award by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Nation’s Restaurant News. The award recognizes companies for their dedication to improving guest satisfaction by improving employee satisfaction.

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide acquires 45 T.G.I. Friday’s in the UK from Whitbread PLC.
T.G.I. Friday’s was honored by Texas Governor Rick Perry as one of the Best Companies to Work For in Texas.
T.G.I. Friday’s debuts Right Portion Right Price, providing guests with more choices. The offerings are a huge hit and receive record media coverage including hits on ABC Nightline, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.
Mike Archer, president and COO for T.G.I. Friday’s USA, was honored with The Texas Diversity Council’s DiversityFirst Leadership Award. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the promotion and advancement of diversity through inclusion and strong leadership.
T.G.I. Friday’s is honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in Dallas Ft. Worth for the second consecutive year.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide’s Crisis Communication Plan receives an ‘Award of Distinction’ from the 13th Annual Communicator Awards.
The CRW Communication Team is honored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals with three Platinum Hermes Creative Awards for its Crisis Communication Plan, Strategic Communication Plan and Video/Internal Communication Program.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide was recognized by the American Business Awards as the Best HR Organization. CRW is also named a finalist in Best Overall Company, Best Communications Team and Best Corporate Communicator – Amy Freshwater.
T.G.I. Friday’s in the UK begins brand revitalization.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide names John Neitzel President and COO for International
T.G.I. Friday's opens 300th international restaurant
T.G.I. Friday's opens 600th US restaurant
Rosinter Restaurants LLC opens the first T.G.I. Friday’s in St. Petersburg and a new restaurant in Riga – the first one outside America to use Friday’s On the Go menu.
T.G.I. Friday's USA annnounces national partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation
T.G.I. Friday's wins "Most News Coverage" in League of American Communications Professionals 2007 Magellan Awards
T.G.I. Friday's "Right Portion, Right Price" publicity campaign wins Platinum Award from LACP; named Top 50 (#6) Publicity Campaigns of 2007

Rosinter opens T.G.I. Fraiday’s in MEGA-Belaya Dacha shopping mall near Moscow and the first Friday’s in Kazakhstan (Mariott hotel, Atyrau).
T.G.I. Friday's honored as one of "Best Companies to Work for in Texas" for second consecutive year.
T.G.I. Friday's teams up with Food Network "Utimate Recipe Showdown" - features five best-in-class recipes as determined by national recipe contest in its 600+ US-based restaurants
T.G.I. Friday's USA receives 2008 Texas Public Relations Association Silver Spur Award for "Right Portion, Right Price" publicity campaign, tops in the Media Relations category

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