Restaurant History
With more than 900 restaurants in more than 60 countries and territories, T.G.I. Friday's® is a worldwide bar and restaurant phenomenon: a success story that goes back 45 years with its origins in a converted beer joint on Manhattan's Upper East Side.*

The year was 1965, and New York's crowd of career-minded singles was in search of a relevant, upbeat place to help jumpstart their weekends. A new restaurant opened on First Avenue at 63rd Street. Inside were wooden floors, Tiffany-style lamps, bentwood chairs, a brass-railed bar area, hot stuff on the grill and a sizzling, laughter-filled vibe. That first restaurant and bar gave people the opportunity to connect with others in an invigorating environment – and for every guest, no matter when they came, every visit felt like Friday.

T.G.I. Friday's® was an overnight success. The press ran rave reviews and barricades were erected outside to help deal with the nightly hordes of Thank God It's Friday fun lovers who flocked to Manhattan's newest, coolest venue. The rest is restaurant history. Our history.

To re-create that signature interior style in other locations, an antiques buyer was appointed to source authentic local memorabilia, to be restored by craftsmen in a Nashville warehouse before being sent out to each new T.G.I. Friday's location.

*As of Q2 2012