The Hunter’s first TGI Fridays restaurant is about to open at Stockland Green Hills this Friday, bringing with it a world-first design and Australian-first menu.
But whereas some will probably be conversant in the worldwide bar and restaurant chain, many will probably be questioning … ‘what on earth is TGI Fridays?’
The American-style restaurant, brief for Thank God It’s Friday, sells itself on making “every day feel like Friday”.
It launched in New York as a cocktail bar in the course of the ‘Mad Men’ period of 1965.
In a time of robust “blokey” drinks, founder Alan Stillman launched candy cocktails and even invented the lengthy island iced tea, in line with TGI Fridays dad or mum firm Signature Group CEO James Sinclair.
Word additionally has it, Stillman additionally created the long-lasting ‘happy hour’, which by the best way runs Four-6pm every single day throughout all Australian eating places.
The chain has now expanded to 61 nations. The Green Hills restaurant in Stockland’s new outside eating precinct would be the firm’s 11th in Australia.
Mr Sinclair stated the corporate had no quick plans to open extra eating places elsewhere within the Hunter, and anticipated diners to flock to the Green Hills venue from far and extensive.
“We have customers travel two hours to come to Fridays,” he stated.
The world-first Green Hills design has been created by a Spanish agency and consists of an American-style counter bar, indoor crops and an open kitchen showcasing chef operation.
The menu presents all of the American favourites – ribs, steaks and burgers, however the new menu will embrace extra share plates, a give attention to native produce, and meals ready from scratch.
“Most Fridays have 70 to 90 items on the menu, Green Hills will have 38,” Mr Sinclair stated. “It’s more refined and focused on quality.”
Mr Sinclair stated the 40 employees had been holding family-friends nights to hone their service expertise and put the menu to the check.
“We believe the new restaurant will be very well received,” he stated. “It’s been a great feat and exciting project for our local team to bring the restaurant to life.”
The restaurant opens for lunch on Friday.