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New York City, New York, U. Alan Stillman and Daniel R. TGI Fridays is an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining.

The name is asserted to stand for “Thank God It’s Friday”, although as of 2010 some television commercials for the chain have also made use of the alternative phrase, “Thank Goodness It’s Friday. Fridays is known for their unique dining and bar-side experiences throughout the world.

Fridays in Christ Church, Barbados. Alan Stillman opened the first T. Fridays restaurant in 1965 in New York.

He lived in a neighborhood with many airline stewardesses, fashion models, secretaries, and other young, single people on the East Side of Manhattan near the Queensboro Bridge, and hoped that opening a bar would help him meet women. He sought to recreate the comfortable cocktail party atmosphere in public despite having no experience in the restaurant business.