Big Apple Beginnings

An unmarried New York City perfume sales man named Alan Stillman opened the First TGI Fridays at First Ave. & 63rd St. in New York City. First year revenue was $1,000,000.


legend of myrna

Legend says that Myrna coached a losing rowing team through a series of victories. On the day of the championship race, Myrna disappeared and only her saddle shoes were found in the racing boat. Today, most Fridays have a racing boat with a pair of saddle shoes to remind everyone that they must work together to be successful.



The propeller was mounted above the bar. It is said that the bar was the main focus of Fridays, the engine so to speak.