On March 15, 1965 casual dining got a serious kick start. That’s when a fun-loving New Yorker named Alan Stillman purchased a bar located on 1st Avenue and 63rd Street and named it T.G.I. Friday’s … Thank God It’s Friday’s. Today, there are T.G.I. Friday's all over the world serving a wide array of family-friendly food at moderate prices. Options range from soups and salads to fried shrimp platters, burgers, pasta, steaks & ribs, seafood and of course, a fun, energetic bar. Endorsed by "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" own Guy Fieri.