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Experienced GM Joins the Team

Posted on: November 21st, 2022 by nmilne

Glenn Allen, VA, November 21, 2022 – United Restaurant Group is delighted to welcome their newest General Manager, Eric Johnson, who will run the operation at their Williamsburg TGI Fridays restaurant.

Originally from Clinton, MD, Eric moved to Virginia in 2020, where he started working in the hospitality industry. With unmatched drive and a willingness to learn, Eric excelled and soon became one of the youngest GMs at Papa Johns. Following his time at Papa Johns, he became the Food Service Director at the Walter Reed Military Hospital. After several years at the hospital, Eric returned to the private sector to work for Chic-Fil-A as a Foodservice Director. In 2020, he joined Applebees as the GM in Newport News, where he sharpened his skills in the casual dining arena.

Married and a father of 3 boys. He enjoys watching football and rooting for his New York Giants.

Congratulations, Eric and welcome to the management team.

Free Lunch for Veterans this Veterans Day

Posted on: November 10th, 2022 by nmilne

Glenn Allen, November 10, 2022 – United Restaurant Group and TGI Fridays will celebrate this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, by providing free lunch to all US Veterans and active duty military personnel. This special promotion will run Friday, November 11th, from 11 am – 2 pm and includes a special lunch menu.

Welcome Our Newest GM, Jordon West

Posted on: November 8th, 2022 by nmilne

Glenn Allen, November 07, 2022 – United Restaurant Group welcomes Jordon West as our newest GM in our Wilmington, DE, store. Jordon started as a dishwasher in the restaurant industry at 16 for Shoneys. He started in our New Castle store in 2002 as a server. After working at other concepts, he returned to Fridays in 2019 as a bartender.

“This summer, I had the opportunity to watch Jordon present the train-the-trainer class for the server guides in front of GMs, server managers, and coaches. At that moment, I knew that Jordan wasn’t just a good manager, but he was becoming a great leader.” Said Jimmy Cabanban, VP of Operations for United Restaurant Group. 

When not at work, Jordan loves spending time with his wife of 10 years and 4 children. He enjoys the outdoors, cheering for his children on the sidelines, and weekend family camping trips in the mountains. 

Congratulations, Jordan. We look forward to your future successes!

URG Welcomes Back Employee to a Senior Roll

Posted on: November 8th, 2022 by nmilne

Glenn Allen, November 02, 2022 – United Restaurant Group welcomes back Jake Kirchner as the GM of our Asheville, NC, store. Jake started with Fridays in 2009 as a beverage manager in Asheville. He was recognized in 2017 as the Franchise GM of the year in the entire Fridays system. Jake moved to Florida in 2021 and worked at Whiskey Joes as the GM.

Laura, his wife, missed her family in Asheville. Thank you, Laura, for bringing Jake back!

He enjoys spending time with his wife and his best friend Nick, his 8-year-old son, watching his favorite college football team- Michigan.

Congratulations, Jake, and welcome back to the family!

Fridays Partners with Jamie Foxx

Posted on: September 28th, 2022 by nmilne

DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2022 — TGI Fridays and Jamie Foxx’s BSB – Brown Sugar Bourbon are ringing in fall with a menu of food and drink offerings that are sure to make the season saucier. Inspired by the smooth, slightly sweet flavors of Foxx’s BSB, TGI Fridays created its newest BBQ sauce, aptly named Foxx on the Roxx and is offering it up on a saucy lineup of signature menu items and pairing it with a new crafted cocktail.

The new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ Sauce – made with BSB and crafted by Foxx based on the flavors (and cocktails) he loves – brings some serious old fashioned cocktail vibes with hints of spice and citrus, and topped off with chopped cherries. The brand’s newest sauce is now available exclusively at TGI Fridays on some of Foxx’s favorite dishes, including:

Fridays® Big Ribs – A full-rack of double-basted fall-off-the-bone tender pork ribs basted in the new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ sauce

Bucket of Bones – A shareable portion of Fridays Big Ribs and Traditional Wings smothered with Foxx on the Roxx BBQ sauce

Wings Roulette Platter – Mix and match three of TGI Fridays signature boneless or traditional wing flavors including the new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ and two additional sauces

And no “Season of Saucy” is complete without a good cocktail – which is why Fridays and Foxx teamed up to create the Foxxy Mule. Sure to definitely set the party off right, the new beverage is the perfect mix of BSB, Monin Habanero Lime Syrup, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, and a squeeze of lime.

“I’ve been going to TGI Fridays my whole life. I have so many great memories – from trips with my mom to celebrate special occasions as a kid to post-show celebrations with friends and family after my comedy shows when I was starting out – and to finally have the opportunity to create something for the Fridays menu and join the Fridays family with Brown Sugar Bourbon is remarkable,” said Jamie Foxx. “I hope everyone enjoys our cocktail and the Foxx on the Roxx sauce as much as I did creating them.”

TGI Fridays is also offering a Foxx on the Roxx digital exclusive for fans – including a half rack of ribs, six traditional wings and fries for $19.99. Guests can get their hands on this deal starting on October 4th exclusively through Fridays.com for a limited time.

“We’re all about bringing our mission of ‘lifting spirits’ to our guests – and we can’t think of any better way of doing this than partnering with Jamie Foxx and BSB on the ‘season of saucy,'” said Ray Blanchette, Chief Executive Officer at TGI Fridays. “We’ve worked really closely with Jamie and the BSB team to bring our guests flavors that are authentic to Jamie with an all-new flavor profile that we know our guests will love.”

TGI Fridays is also celebrating fall with the return of Make It a Double – giving fans the opportunity to enjoy their favorite combinations all on one plate. The brand’s Crispy Whiskey Combo, featuring a half-rack of double-basted pork ribs and Cajun-dusted crispy fried shrimp, and Surf ‘N’ Whiskey Turf, which includes a grilled 6 ounce sirloin and Cajun-dusted crispy fried shrimp, are available all season long with the new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ sauce..

For more information, including a list of TGI Fridays locations please visit www.Fridays.com.

50¢ Wings on Monday Nights

Posted on: September 21st, 2022 by nmilne

Glenn Allen, September 12, 2022 – United Restaurant Group LP (URG) launches their 50¢ Chicken Wings football season promotion across all their TGI Fridays restaurants. The promotion will run at all 15 URG TGI Fridays locations in the Mid-Atlantic from Delaware to North Carolina. The promotion offers 50¢ chicken wings on Monday nights from 5pm to closing for dine-in only.

“After two years of uncertainty It’s a great way to get people back to our restaurants celebrating with friends. Plus, who doesn’t like chicken wings with beer and football?” said Tony Grillo, CEO of United Restaurant Group.

Partnership with Buddy Valastro

Posted on: November 25th, 2020 by nmilne

United Restaurant Group/TGI Fridays has partnered with Buddy Valastro at Carlo’s Bakery to bring guests his famous Rainbow Cake. Six perfectly stacked layers of bright rainbow-colored vanilla cake filled with a sweet vanilla icing and covered with rainbow sprinkles. It’s only available at TGI Fridays for a limited time, so hurry in or order yours online.

This holiday season, we all need a little more peace and hope, so why not get it in the form of a slice of Rainbow Cake,” said Lisa Dean, TGI Fridays/United Restaurant Group marketing manager.

With this exclusive partnership, Fridays’ guests and cake lovers everywhere have easy access to one of Buddy’s delicious cakes. This is a limited-time menu item, so don’t miss out.

Midlothian Fridays Wins NBC12 Hall of Fame Award

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by nmilne

Congratulations to the team at our Midlothian TGI Fridays for winning the NBC12 Restaurant Report, Hall of Fame Award. Where the health inspectors say “it’s always clean” and they’ve had three consecutive perfect health inspections. In an interview with reporter Heather Sullivan, the General Manager, Kurt Kuhnle credits the staff, “they work really, really hard and they have a lot of pride in what they do”.

You can view the TV spot, which aired Thursday evening, December 8th here: https://goo.gl/SBIiJW

NBC12 Hall of Fame

Richmond Fridays Slam Dunk for Local Kids

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by nmilne

Richmond, VA – June 27, 2016 – Once again summer time means Will Wade Basketball Camp time for many local youths and once again, Richmond area Fridays restaurants are a proud sponsor. As a key sponsor, United Restaurant Group (TGI Fridays) is awarding four scholarships for this year’s camp, which runs June 20th through July 29th.

willwade-camp

Taking place at VCU Siegel Center, The Will Wade Basketball Camp provides instruction for all levels of players, grounding them in the fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense. Coaches strive to equip players with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete at their current level and advance to the next one. Beyond basketball, the Will Wade Basketball Camp builds vital life skills of teamwork and sportsmanship.

For more information about the Will Wade Basketball Camp click here.

Guests & Staff Show Flair for Local Charity

Posted on: June 25th, 2016 by nmilne

Richmond, VA – June 24, 2016 – With help from guests and employees, TGI Fridays℠ of Swift Creek, Midlothian Virginia raised over $2,600 (in a single evening of flair) for the Autism Society of Central Virginia.

In a kickoff to the upcoming TGI Fridays World Bartender Championships season, bartenders and staff at the Swift Creek Fridays threw a bartender flair party showing off their bartending skills. Proceeds from this one-night event were donated to the Autism Society of Central Virginia, the local affiliate of the Autism Society of America.

“The event was a huge success and a testament to the continued support of our local communities from our dedicated guests and employees,” said Louis Quartochi, Vice President of United Restaurant Group.

Swift Creek Autism Fundraiser

About Autism Society of Central Virginia
Autism Society of Central Virginia is a local affiliate of the Autism Society of America. Founded in 1965, the Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

About United Restaurant Group (TGI Fridays)
Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, United Restaurant Group, LP, is the second largest franchisee of TGI Fridays. Starting with just two restaurants in 1993, the company has grown into a group of 28 restaurants in four different states—Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina. Core to the company’s mission is to be a valuable contributor in the local communities that their restaurants serve. This includes instilling a sense of community involvement and responsibility in all of their employees.