FRIDAYS


We will give them a courtesy visit, two visits were terrible.

FRIDAYS

TGI Fridays is an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining. The company is a unit of the Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners, who purchased the company from Carlson Companies in May 2014.

In Tampa Bay, the only location in St.Petersburg is near Tyrone Mall
Location:  In Tampa and near USF on Fowler Ave.
Location:  On West Hillsboro in Oldsmar, FL, 
Location:  Near the Highwoods Preserve 1-75 and RT. 581

The location in Clearwater CLOSED

Customer service: 1 (800) 374-3297
Headquarters: Dallas, TX
Founded: March 15, 1965, New York, NY
Parent organizations: Sentinel Capital Partners, TGI Fridays Franchisor LLC
Founders: Alan Stillman, Daniel R. Scoggin

TGI Fridays is overhauling its menu as the chain looks for a way to escape the slumping sales plaguing the casual-dining industry. On Wednesday, TGI Fridays  announced it had reached the halfway mark in its efforts to overhaul its entire menu by the end of 2018.  TGI Fridays just dropped a massive bomb in the ongoing casual chain restaurant wars. 

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? 
$10 Endless Appetizers, available today through August 24th…  For $10, you can order an endless supply of any of the following (no mixing once you’ve chosen, unless your friend orders something else and you share):

  • Loaded potato skins
  • Pan-seared pot stickers    
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Garlic & basil bruschetta
  • Tuscan spinach dip, 
  • Boneless Buffalo wings, not wings but white meat in Buffalo sauce.
  • Crispy green bean fries…

Fridays Chief Marketing Officer Brian Gies tells USA Today that while sharing is discouraged, Fridays won’t be making servers police the action.  He says,  “At the end of the day, our servers aren’t policemen….We’re not going to slap someone’s hand if they reach over and share someone else’s mozzarella sticks.”  Not surprisingly, this move is drawing some industry criticism. Boston University hospitality professor Chris Muller told USA Today,  

“The risk comes when a crowd of six, or more, decides to get together and pool their resources, all ordering one item and sharing.  Then it is easy to predict that everyone will order at least six refills each, with plates being passed around.”

After a test run earlier this year in Cincinnati. During the test phase, very few people tried something as sneaky as what Muller predicts will happen. Not only that—general traffic, food, and drink sales nearly DOUBLED during the promotion.

President and Chief Operating Officer Ricky Richardson said in the press release: “It’s another example of how Fridays is giving our customers a better time out at every opportunity when they visit our restaurants.”  We aren’t surprised. After all, Friday’s founder Alan Stillman claims that the original Fridays was one of the first places in NYC where people actually lined up for food and drink. No question that they’ll line up to stuff their faces with mozzy sticks until they can’t stand up any longer. #America

Please note: Some Fridays are franchised and don’t participate, so do check to make sure the location you plan to hit up has the deal. Otherwise, be ready to experience disappointment, frustration, and rage.


TWO VISITS AND A BIG ZERO

TWICE:    Fridays WINGS were horrid.  Undersized, overcooked and no value at Fridays.  Ten plus dollars for 12 ounces, six of which were bones.  I was told by the waiter when I could find him, they were weighed and twelve ounces.  Excuse me, you weigh your wing portions?  Who trained you, the District Manager the Chef and the Unit Manager?  I was stunned, I never heard such a stupid answer.  Weighed ?  You count by weighing, what frickin idiot came up with that theory, they were undersized and really horrible. 

Hopefully they improved or they should get out of the business. The only time weight is measured in Chicken wings is when you buy metric tons from Alibaba’s suppliers.   The Clearwater store closed up…

The other time at the location next to USF in Tampa, the food an dribs were average, nothing to talk about and we between the two visits we decided wasn’t worth it based on their menu and food selection.