TGI Fridays

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TGI Fridays was sold in 2014 by the Minneapolis-based Carlson hospitality company to private-equity firms Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners. The Carrollton, Texas-based company was a pioneer in casual dining, with the first restaurant opening in New York City in 1965. It was one of the U.S. casual-dining brands to expand abroad, opening in 1986 in Birmingham, England. It innovated such menu items as loaded potato skins (1974) and the Jack Daniel’s Grill (1997). This chain is part of the latest NRN Top 100 report >>

U.S. systemwide sales: $1.8 billion (FY '14)

Total U.S. units: 507 (FY '14)

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