TGI Fridays Launched as New York’s First Singles Bar




You may know it now as the popular suburban chain restaurant, but back in the day, TGI Fridays was THE PLACE to be if you were young and single in New York City. Alan Stillman, a former perfume salesman, opened the flagship bar and restaurant in 1965 on the Upper East Side. He had no restaurant experience, but sensed a need for an informal place where singles could have a drink and socialize. So yeah. Can we buy you a drink?