When I was in college, TGI Friday’s was my go-to favorite place to eat out. Yes, my palate has become more refined over the years, but I still occasionally get a craving for one of their burgers, cobb salad, or Cajun alfredo pasta. If you hear yourself saying “same,” you might want to check on your local Friday’s. Why? They recently abruptly shut down six of their Massachusetts locations.

Why TGI Friday’s Suddenly Shuts Down

The company made an announcement yesterday saying that it was closing not only six restaurants in Massachusetts, but 36 of their locations across the country. Why? They said that the stores closing were all underperforming locations.

 

Which locations are affected

If you frequent any of the following locations, I’m sorry to tell you, you’re out of luck. The Massachusetts locations now closed are: Dedham, Danvers, Mansfield, Seekonk, North Attleboro, and Marlborough. There is also a location in Amherst, New Hampshire that is also closed. And there was no warning. For example, if you went to the Dedham location, you saw the sign on the door that said, “We regret to inform you that as of Jan. 2, 2024, this Friday’s location has closed.”

TGI Friday’s – The Aftermath

According to Friday’s website, there are seven remaining locations in Massachusetts. They include: Boston, Braintree, Dartmouth, Everett, Methuen, Millbury, and Stoughton.  What about the employees? Well according to a report by WCVB, a spokesperson said that “more than 1,000 transfer opportunities are being offered to employees of affected locations nationwide. But according to someone they spoke to who has worked at one of the locations for over 20 years, he was not offered another position. He also said that they called him on New Year’s Day to give him the news. Damn. What a way to ring in the new year!

I have to tell you, none of this comes as a surprise to me. Besides my college visits to Friday’s, my goddaughters, and nieces and nephews loved Friday’s so we went there A LOT. I definitely noticed a decline in every way. The food wasn’t as good. The service got pretty bad. And it just wasn’t worth the price anymore. That said, let’s take a trip down memory lane and rank Friday’s apps. Keep in mind, this is just my personal opinion of the ones I’ve had and loved in the past. RIP Friday’s, you definitely had a good run, but I’m sure this is the beginning of the absolute end. Anyway, here are my 5 favorite TGI Friday’s apps.

  • #5 - Mozzarella Sticks

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    Replying to @cocowetnugget Felt hot might delete later…

    ♬ Trap music(814196) - Pavel

    I don’t get these often, but the kids in my life love them. Of course I’ll always grab a bite or two. I mean it’s fried cheese and anything fried and/or cheesy is a win in my book!

  • #4 - Buffalo Wings

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    Monday night wings are 50 cents each. Treating yourself has never been easier 😉 Add on celery and sauce for that extra crunch and flavor! #tgifridays #wings #chicken

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    There a classic for a reason. And I am definitely a blue cheese over ranch dressing person. Throw in some celery sticks and I’m a happy girl!

  • #3 - Pot stickers

    These are my family’s go-to for appetizers. And we definitely need more than one order. If you want to check out this review, it’s around the 4:00 mark.

  • #2 - Spinach artichoke dip

    I really love this app. It’s warm and creamy and savory and cheesy and delicious. My only complaint is that it’s too heavy on the chips, and way too light on the dip.

  • #1 - Loaded potato skins

    @tgifridays

    We invented the Loaded Potato Skin. And now, we’ve reinvented it. Hit up your local Fridays for the new and improved Loaded Potato Skins!🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔

    ♬ original sound - Johnny Sibilly

    Say what you want, but Friday’s loaded potato skins are delicious. I’m sure there are better ones out there, but every time I’ve had them, they were delicious. Haven’t had them in ages, but I can still taste those crispy edges.

     

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