“Since the inception of Fridays (you know, when it was a singles bar), our guests have expected us to be a place where they can have fun and meet up with new and old friends,” the spokesperson said. “But that looks differently today.”
The restaurant has also expanded its hours to stay open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
People can also swing by Fridays for a quick coffee or use the restaurant as a work space while they drink one of the chain’s new freshly squeezed juices.
It also will begin hosting trivia nights.
TGI Fridays former chief executive Nick Shepherd described the restaurant’s decor to the Wall Street Journal as “lots of ephemera and bric-a-brac.”
“It was quirky in the ’70s, quaint in the ’80s, outdated in the ’90s and had grown past its sell-by date in the 2000s,” he said.
But even with these improvements to the decor and a fresh food–based menu, the chain’s U.S. sales decreased by 1.5% and it closed by 2.8%. Its store count also declined from 527 to 512, according to a Technomic research report.
TGI Fridays made $1.6 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, according to Technomic.
“Guests come to us as a destination where they can have fun and socialize — and as their needs change, we need to change, too,” the rep said.
The company’s next redesigned restaurant will open in Forest Hills, New York, in the late summer.
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