BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TGI Fridays has re-opened its doors in Brooklyn, N.Y. The restaurant was forced to close in November 2012 due to flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, affecting more than 120 of its team members. Fridays helped its displaced employees, finding opportunities for them to work at other TGI Fridays locations so they could keep their jobs while the restaurant was being rebuilt.
The new re-imaged Fridays is retaining many of its original team members, which make up the approximately 130 jobs Fridays provides to the local community.
"We take our commitment to the community and our employees seriously," said General Manager Faryn Weinstein. "Helping our team members during the difficult time was important to us. We've been proud to be a part of the community since 1994 and are thrilled to once again open our doors here in Brooklyn."
After extensive renovation, the new Fridays features a contemporary design and is tailored to the Brooklyn community. In addition to an acrylic panel of the city skyline featured on the interior, the restaurant boasts great views of the harbor and is attached to the neighborhood's iconic lighthouse. The new modern look creates a fun, energetic vibe with a dramatically redesigned bar as the focal point and is part of a larger re-imaging campaign that is rolling out at Fridays across the country.
"We couldn't be happier to be back behind the bar and in front of our favorite guests here in Brooklyn," said Crystal Valentin, TGI Fridays bartender and member of the original Brooklyn team. "Everyone in this area has been through so much in the past year and a half, so it's exciting to be able to welcome them back with a completely updated look and feel."
Community leaders, guests and Fridays team members join today to celebrate the re-opening, check out the new look, and experience an evening of fun, handcrafted cocktails and Fridays craveable food.
"We have a great connection with our guests here in Brooklyn, and have for the last 20 years," said Weinstein. "Complemented by enhancements to the menu, the new design allows us to take the Fridays experience to the next level."
TGI Fridays Brooklyn is located at 3181 Harkness Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11235.
About TGI Fridays
As the original casual dining bar and grill, TGI Fridays offers authentic American food and legendary drinks, served with genuine personal service. Bringing people together to socialize and celebrate the freeing and liberating spirit of "Friday" was the concept's founding premise, from which the brand promise "In Here, It's Always Friday®" was born. To share that social Fridays experience all over the world, TGI Fridays proudly serves guests with over 900 restaurants in more than 60 countries. Making every day feel like a Friday wouldn't be possible without creating a place where friends feel free to get together. That's why TGI Fridays takes pride in its nearly 8,000 skilled and knowledgeable bartenders, all of whom for the past twenty years have competed annually for the title of the "World's Greatest TGI Fridays Bartender."
The Fridays guest recognition program, Give Me More Stripes®, gives Fridays' closest friends exclusive insider rewards, special event access, and menu sneak peeks, and is not only the first loyalty program of its kind in the industry, but one of the most progressive.
TGI Fridays believes in having a good time, but also in the importance of drinking responsibly. Additionally, its Responsible Business Program is focused on positively impacting the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.fridays.com.
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