TGI Friday's: No More In NorthPark; Yes More in the Middle East

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T.G.I. Friday's, a place known for its red-and-white stripes and flair for shrugging off the work-week, may be feeling the crunch just like everyone else -- or it may just be changing its game.

Within the last week, the location at NorthPark Center shuttered its doors amidst numerous T.G.I. Friday's closings across the country. Carlson Restaurants, the Carrollton-based owners of Friday's, has experienced restaurant closures in California, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Florida over the past year.

Laura Bedrossian, a spokesperson for the company, said: "Based on the natural ebb and flow of individual restaurants, Friday's opens restaurants in some newly developing areas and then closes others. Team members will have the opportunity to transfer to other area locations."

According to Restaurant News, BiState Bistro Associates, a 12- unit T.G.I. Friday's franchise based out of Chesterfield, Missouri, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2010 after struggling with declining revenues resulting from the recession.

In November, the Kansas City Star reported that the last Friday's in its market-area closed when attempts to weather the economy failed.

While the closing of many locations around the country could be the result of a faltering economy, Carlson remains optimistic and announced last month that it would be opening 30 new locations over the next five years in the Middle East, which would make Friday's one of the leaders in American dining in that region.

The Friday's at NorthPark Center opened in November 2007 as the company's 600th restaurant, and it's unknown what will take its place. A publicist for the mall was unable to be reached for comment. But for those of you who still need your Friday's fix, patrons can choose from the chain's 21 other locations around DFW.


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Beda
Beda

When the Old Town Friday's opened, there was the confluence of the liquor by the drink law just passed (allowing for the existence of Friday's in the first place), The Village opening up, and all the singles who came of age at that time and who lived in/around The Village and Friday's. It's a moment in time that won't be repeated; Friday's had a good run, it had its moment in the sun in the 70s, but the concept should be allowed to die. R.I.P.

Robert
Robert

I thought you might mention the Friday's in Old Town since it was the first in Dallas and wildly popular. I went there in high school driving all the way from Fort Worth with friends. Probably had a gin and tonic.

Not a fan of the Friday
Not a fan of the Friday

I think they lost their way somewhere along the line. It used to be that if you went into a TGIF, the food and atmosphere was fairly unique. Today you could be blindfolded and dropped into a TGIF anywhere in the country and not have a clue that you are out of DFW. Their kitchens must to be lined with microwaves. My impression of the food is that when the "chef" receives an order, he rips a bag open, drops the contents on a plate and zaps it.

Waste of a building
Waste of a building

Their kitchens are lined with microwaves. Also everything comes precooked. They have not provided any quality food for almost a decade. You can go to Chili's and get the same items but they cost less and taste slightly better. Horrible food is horrible food but why pay Fridays prices. I hope they all close. The world will be a better place losing a company like that.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yeah, I'm thinking pretty much anything you can buy with the Friday's name on it in the freezer section and can pop in the microwave, might be similar to how they have to prep and serve it. The food has slipped, the menu isn't extensive to begin with. What Fridays has to ask itself, what can people get here that they can't get anywhere else?

Cujo
Cujo

I've eaten at them since the early 90s and the food and service have gone downhill outside of Dallas.

ml
ml

Not sure that last comment was completely necessary, Twinwillow. Ordinarily I can ignore most annoying things on these blogs (like your horrible punctuation skills) but racism? Probably not needed on a food blog.

go_eat_a_dog
go_eat_a_dog

Friday's has been providing horrible food and horrible service for decades. Oh and I hate Towel Heads.....that is racism you moron.

Uppercase Matt
Uppercase Matt

Clearly, you should be playing the geographism card, not the race card.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Nothing lasts forever. I've eaten at various Friday's in the UK. Including, the one at Heathrow's terminal 5 (for USA flights). One word: HORRIBLE!The Middle East deserves them.

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