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Once Upon a Time

The Friday's Timeline

by - Support Centre, Support Centre | 05 November 2011
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1965

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, totalling $1 million in revenues its first year.

The first T.G.I. Friday’s menu was a chalkboard.

1972

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.

1973

Seven astronauts, led by Alan Shepard, attend the Houston T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant’s grand opening.

1974

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

1975

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

1983

Loaded Potato Skins are the most popular appetizer and Chicken Marsala is the best-selling entrée at T.G.I. Friday’s.

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants introduce Friday’s Flings and Smoothies, flavourful, non-alcoholic drinks.
Mocha Mud Pie is the dessert of choice.

1984

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

1985

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.

1986

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

1987

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

1989

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

1990

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.

1992

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.

1993

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain grows to 243 restaurants in the USA and 20 in the international marketplace.

1994

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 who 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.

1995

The T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain celebrates 30 years of being the world’s favourite gathering place for food, fun and cheer.

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.

Success magazine ranks TGI Friday’s Inc. as one of the top 100 franchisors.

1996

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.

1997

Jack Daniel’s Grill makes national debut!

Scandinavia welcomes the first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Stockholm.

T.G.I. Friday’s becomes the first American casual dining restaurant chain to open a restaurant in Moscow, 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.

1998

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.

2000

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants open in Dublin, Ireland and Budapest, Hungary.
Friday’s American Bar debuts in the London/Heathrow Airport

T.G.I. Friday’s launches its newly redesigned website – www.fridays.com.

2001

T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants debut in two new countries – Iceland and Saudi Arabia.

2002

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.

2003

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!

2004

Richard Snead, president and CEO, was 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.

2005

The revitalization of the T.G.I. Friday’s brand makes headlines across the US.

2006

T.G.I. Friday’s is recognized as one of America’s Greatest Brands.

2007

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide acquires 45 T.G.I. Friday’s in the UK from Whitbread PLC.

T.G.I. Friday’s in the UK begins brand revitalization.

T.G.I. Friday's opens 300th International restaurant

T.G.I. Friday's opens 600th US restaurant

T.G.I. Friday's USA announces national partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

To be continued…
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