Walsall can now get that Friday feeling every day, as award-winning restaurant chain TGI Fridays opened its latest restaurant in the town centre this weekend.
It’s the company’s 73rd restaurant in the UK and is based on the fun, flamboyant and feel-good aesthetics of the Fridays' flagship restaurant in London’s Leicester Square.
The new Fridays features a stunning open kitchen, allowing guests to see their food cooked to perfection before their eyes. Cocktails are prepared within its square, standalone ‘island’ bar, the focal point of the restaurant. The bar is manned by Fridays’ world-class bartenders, who will serve drinks from the legendary cocktail range – with more than 100 cocktails on the menu.
Around 80 jobs have been created with the majority of staff living within a 10 minute walk to work. The TGI franchise is one of five new restaurants at Walsall’s Waterfront – Bella Italia, Pizza Express and Chiquitos are now trading, with Hungry Horse set to open later in March - which will trade alongside the new Light Cinema due to open next month.
And up to 4 more restaurants are expected at Walsall's premier leisure destination when developer Kier returns later in the summer this year.
Ian Docker, Walsall’s TGI Fridays restaurant manager, said: “Our first week was fantastic, we had a really, really busy weekend and some really positive feedback on shift and through our feedback systems.”
David Carroll, Property Director for TGI Fridays UK, said: “This is our 73rd restaurant opening in the UK and our first of 2016. We couldn’t be more excited about expanding and welcoming more people to the Fridays family, delivering them a unique, fun and memorable dining experience. Here’s to kicking off the New Year Fridays-style!”
Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader for Walsall Council said: “It’s fantastic to see another restaurant opening; the first for TGI Fridays in The Black Country and they’ve chosen Walsall and I thank them for the investment.
It’s all coming together for Walsall’s Waterfront as a leisure destination and a key part of the very active regeneration of the town centre and our borough.”