TGI Friday’s is an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining.
The company claims the abbreviation stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”, although as of 2010 some television commercials for the chain have also made use of the alternative phrase, “Thank God It’s Friday’s.” The chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps, and frequent use of antiques as decor.
Alan Stillman opened the first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in 1965 in New York. He lived in a neighborhood with many airline stewardesses, fashion models, secretaries, and other young, single people, and hoped that opening a bar would help him meet women. Don’t all good plans start out that way?
With $5,000 of his own money and $5,000 borrowed from his mother, Stillman purchased a bar he often visited and renamed it T.G.I. Friday’s after the expression “Thank God! It’s Friday!” from his years at Bucknell University.
Thank God It’s Friday. What better name to name a bar? Happy weekend!
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