T.G.I. Friday's(R) Restaurants in Texas to Donate Portion of Thanksgiving Day Sales to Assist Fort Hood Community

CARROLLTON, Texas // PRNewswire // -- T.G.I. Friday's today announced that all 50 restaurants in its home state of Texas will donate 5% of net sales from Thanksgiving Day to the United Service Organizations to assist the Fort Hood community which lost 13 of its loved ones during the tragic events of November 5. All Friday's restaurants in Texas will open in the afternoon on Thursday, November 26.

"As a caring member of Killeen and the Fort Hood community, T.G.I. Friday's decided to make this donation to assist those affected by the recent tragedy," said John Neitzel, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's U.S.A. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the fallen, the dozens who were wounded and all of those who serve and live at Fort Hood not only on Thanksgiving, but every day."

With more than 900 restaurants in 60 countries, including approximately 600 restaurants in the U.S., T.G.I. Friday's offers great food, innovative drinks and a unique experience filled with flair and a Thank God It's Friday's™ attitude. Friday's authentic, engaging atmosphere makes it the perfect place to escape, socialize and connect with people while getting a rejuvenating second wind. Members of Give Me More Stripes®, Friday's guest recognition program, receive free stuff and special perks year-round. As the original casual dining restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's has a rich heritage which includes being credited with popularizing Happy Hour, Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. T.G.I. Friday's is also famous for its flair bartenders, approximately 8000 of whom compete annually for the title of the "World's Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender."

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of TGI Friday's Inc., is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality and travel industries. As of November 2009, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries.

SOURCE: T.G.I. Friday's U.S.A.

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