Alan Stillman, a perfume salesman, opened the first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant to meet the single “stewardesses” who
lived in his neighborhood.
An airplane propeller is located in each T.G.I. Friday’s bar to symbolize the engine that drives the business.
Alan Stillman would hire out-of-work actors and macho men who liked to have fun to work at Friday’s because
he felt they had great personalities. At the time in New York, most other restaurants had “stuffy” waiters.
The first Friday’s restaurant opened March 15th, 1965 at First Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City.
According to Newsweek, the opening of T.G.I. Friday’s in the United States was the dawn of the singles era.
In 1972, Friday was welcomed in at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant by throwing a New Year’s Eve style party at midnight every Thursday.
The first female servers were hired for T.G.I. Friday’s in 1975.
A gorilla used to be the T.G.I. Friday’s mascot.
In 1997, T.G.I. Friday’s became the first American casual dining restaurant chain to open in Russia.
Ice cream drinks were added to T.G.I. Friday’s drink menu in 1974.
The first International T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant opened in 1986 in Birmingham, England.
The T.G.I. Friday’s brand gave away a half a million pairs of striped sunglasses in 1988.
The Three-For-All appetizer was first introduced as the “Ho Ho Ho” platter.
Tom Cruise trained with a former T.G.I. Friday’s bartender for his role in Cocktail.
T.G.I. Friday’s popularized an “unheard of” appetizer when they put fried veggies, such as mushrooms and zucchini on the menu.
Booths were added to Friday’s restaurants in 1991.
David Letterman “stole” the balloon arch from a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Manhattan in the 1990s.
Alan Stillman got the first “stripes” uniform shirts from a soccer supply store.
A rowing scull is located in each T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant to represent the teamwork needed to effectively serve our Guests.
Brass hinges were put on the posts in T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants with 4-sided bars so that bartenders wouldn’t damage the wooden posts by breaking open rolls of coins on them.
T.G.I. Friday’s is currently located in 60 countries.
Before there was a bell in the bar, bartenders used a siren to recognize a big tip.
In 1967 T.G.I. Friday’s design planners began searching for unique and offbeat décor to hang from the walls and ceilings.
In 1974, the Loaded Potato Skins appetizer was invented and introduced by T.G.I. Friday’s.
We serve more than 10.8 million orders of our famous Buffalo Wings annually.
Our bartenders know over a hundred recipes by heart and that makes them drink experts who can help you find your perfect drink.
Who invented the world famous Loaded Potato Skins? We did of course! In 1974, Loaded Potato Skins were the most sought after appetizer at T.G.I. Friday’s, just as they are today.
T.G.I. Friday’s was the first casual dining restaurant chain to offer stone-ground whole wheat bread, avocados, bean sprouts and Mexican appetizers on its menu.
Non-alcoholic Smoothies and Flings were added to the menu in 1984 in honor of the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.
On average, we will serve nearly 200 million people worldwide in a year’s time!
Our guests are always hungry for more! In one year, T.G.I. Friday’s guests will consume 41,984,881 pounds of french-fried potatoes, 10,777,959 pounds of chicken wings, 70,952,650 dozen eggs, and 64,870,394 ounces of ketchup.
Today, Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Grill entrees are the most sought after group of entrées on the Friday's menu.
According to legend, Alan Stillman came up with the name “T.G.I. Friday’s” while he was skiing with a friend in the Catskills when he wiped out. Out of frustration, he supposedly said to his friend: "Thank Goodness it's Friday!" At that point, his restaurant did not have a name, and his friend suggested he call it that!
An empty bottle of champagne and a pair of saddle shoes with the opening team’s autographs can be found in the racing scull in each T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant.
Michelob was the only draught beer served at T.G.I. Friday's restaurants for about the first 20 years.
Miniskirts inspired the multi-tiered phone booth.
When T.G.I. Friday's opened in 1965, no high chairs or booster seats were available in the restaurant.
Bartenders used to use a horn to recognize no tip.
The “beach ball” theory illustrates that a situation may appear differently to people who view it from a different perspective.
The 200th International T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant was opened in Ulsan, South Korea.