T.G.I. Friday's® Restaurants to Open on Christmas Day

Friday's® Restaurants to Offer a Free Appetizer with the Purchase of a Beverage on December 25; Will Feature its New Mistletoe Martini

Dec 15, 2009

CARROLLTON, Texas, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- T.G.I. Friday's today announced that most of its 600 restaurants in the U.S. will be open Christmas day (participating restaurants will open at 4 pm local time, earlier in some markets). In addition, any guest who visits Friday's between December 15 and 21 will receive a coupon for a free appetizer with the purchase of a beverage on Christmas day. The coupon is required for redemption.

Earlier this month, Friday's announced the perfect last-minute gift idea that allows guests to give a gift and get a gift: Gift Cards with Bonus Bites. Through December 31, guests will receive a $5 Bonus Bites card for every $25 spent on Friday's Gift Cards at participating restaurants in the U.S.

Fridays is now featuring its new holiday drink: the Mistletoe Martini, a refreshing martini made with Absolute® Mandrin, Chambord®, cranberry juice and fresh mint (image available upon request).

"'Tis the season at T.G.I. Friday's and we will keep this year's celebration going with an appetizer special on Christmas day across the U.S.," said John Neitzel, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's U.S.A. "Check with your local restaurant for their specific hours and special plans."

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With more than 900 restaurants in 60 countries, including approximately 600 restaurants in the U.S., T.G.I. Friday's offers great food, innovative drinks and a unique experience filled with flair and a Thank God It's Friday's™ attitude. Friday's authentic, engaging atmosphere makes it the perfect place to escape, socialize and connect with people while getting a rejuvenating second wind. Members of Give Me More Stripes®, Friday's guest recognition program, receive free stuff and special perks year-round. As the original casual dining restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's has a rich heritage which includes being credited with popularizing Happy Hour, Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. T.G.I. Friday's is also famous for its flair bartenders, approximately 8000 of whom compete annually for the title of the "World's Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender."

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of TGI Friday's Inc., is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality and travel industries. As of December 2009, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries. For more information, visit http://www.fridays.com.

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SOURCE: T.G.I. Friday's U.S.A.

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