The first restaurant
The first Fridays restaurant opened up on March 15th 1965, in First Avenue and 63rd Street in New York. Alan Stillman, a perfume saler, opened the first TGI Fridays™ restaurant, so that he gets to know single “stewardesses” that lived in his neighbor-hood. According to the myth, Alan Stillman thought up the name TGI Fridays™ while he was skiing with his friend, when feeling furious because his friend had defeated him, he screamed out “Thank Goodness it’s Friday!” Till then the restaurant had no name and he decided to name it like this.
An airplane propeller is placed in every TGI Fridays™ bar to symbolize the engine that moves the business.