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TGIF unwraps the holidays

Saturday, December 4, 2010
TOP: Vice president of TGIFriday’s, Lisa Fernandez, addresses the crowd. BOTTOM: Kitchen manager Kester Steele serves guests during the Unwrap my Holidays event at TGIF. Photos: Andre Alexander

Customers choosing to dine at TGIFriday’s, Port-of-Spain, can now enjoy a clear view of the picturesque Queen’s Park Savannah while satisfying their taste buds with delicious food and refreshing drinks on the restaurant’s brand new patio. The outdoor space was unveiled by the company’s management team last Tuesday evening. Dubbed, Unwrap the Holidays, the event was also held to officially launch the newest promotion—Give Me More Stripes—and give specially invited guests, including representatives from Prestige Holdings Ltd—the licensed franchise for the Caribbean, and the media, a chance to sample some of the restaurant’s newest offerings. These included the Championship BBQ Bacon Wrap, Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes, Caprese Eggplant Fettuccine (A favourite among guests), as well as the Blackberry Long Island Iced Tea and the Mudslide Martini.

TGIFriday’s first opened its doors in Trinidad on December 19, 1999, and according to regional marketing manager Michelle Borel, the international food chain continues to be a leader in the industry in both innovation and service. What is the concept of the restaurant’s Give Me More Stripes promotion? Borel explained that it simply meant: ‘Give me more Friday’s.’ “Those red and white TGIF stripes are the most recognised trademark in the world, and represent the signature of TGIF. Every person you see wearing that uniform has had to undergo extensive training, so they are wearing an honour.” Borel said customers can also experience Friday every day of the week, as the restaurant aimed to please with great food and a lively and engaging atmosphere. She was also in high praise of the TGIF team, which she described as the backbone of the organisation.

“We want to give every guest an experience, so that when they leave we will have them saying I love Friday’s,” said Borel.“We have a wonderful team that truly comes together. Where else sings happy birthday the way we do? That sets us apart in so many ways.” Meanwhile, TGIFriday’s newly-appointed vice president, Lisa Fernandez, encouraged patrons to visit the restaurant, promising quality food, great drinks and superior customer service. TGIF, she said was a global brand with local relevance, which catered to the culture and unique tastes of Trinbagonians. “For instance for Lent, we would have fish specials because it’s a big thing over here. Internationally Lent is not as big... We really do invite the public to come join us at TGIFriday’s into 2011.”


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