T.G.I. FRIDAY'S® RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCE FREE $10 GIFT CARD WITH THE PURCHASE OF TWO CARIBBEAN ENTREES

July 12, 2010, Carrollton, Texas /PRNewswire/ — T.G.I. Friday's restaurants today announced it will treat guests to a free $10 Gift Card for a limited time at participating restaurants in the U.S. when they purchase two entrées from Friday's® new Caribbean-inspired Summer menu featuring fourteen new appetizer, salad, sandwich, entrée and combo dishes starting at $8.99 including selections that are glazed with Friday's new Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce.

"Like a beach vacation with a bonus, T.G.I. Friday's 'Taste of the Islands' menu just got better," said John Neitzel, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's USA. "You can now enjoy these incredible new selections that are packed with island flavors and exotic spices and we'll give you a $10 Gift Card when you purchase two Caribbean entrees that will be good for a future visit. But hurry, the offer is available for a limited time. Visit your local T.G.I. Friday's for all the details."

Less than two weeks ago, T.G.I. Friday's restaurants introduced its new Caribbean-inspired Summer menu which includes the following:

Captain Morgan™ Island Appetizer

  • GRILLED Caribbean WingsCaribbean-seasoned chicken wings glazed with delicious Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce and fire-grilled to perfection.

Seaside Salads and Sandwiches

  • Tropical Splash SaladA refreshing salad with choice of Ginger-lime marinated chicken, sirloin flap steak basted with Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce, or Ginger-lime marinated shrimp served on a bed of mixed greens tossed with fresh pineapple, mango, cucumber, red pepper, avocado, cilantro and crisp wontons, tossed with tangy fruit vinaigrette.
  • Captain Morgan™ Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken SandwichA Caribbean seasoned chicken breast fire-grilled and basted with Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce served on a bun loaded with flavor – seasoned sour cream, pineapple pico, fresh cilantro and avocado, served with sweet potato fries and extra sauce for dipping.

Captain Morgan™ Beach Side Entrées

  • Caribbean Rockin’ Reggae RibsMouthwatering, well-seasoned baby back ribs cooked fall-off-the-bone tender and glazed with jerk-inspired Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce, served with crispy sweet potato fries, coleslaw, and garnished with pineapple pico.
  • Caribbean Steak – A juicy 7 oz. Black Angus sirloin flap steak, char-grilled to order, then glazed with Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce, served with coconut jasmine rice, a fresh vegetable medley and a fresh garnish of pineapple pico.
  • Caribbean ChickenTwo fire-grilled Caribbean-seasoned chicken breasts smothered in Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce, served with coconut jasmine rice, a fresh vegetable medley, and a fresh garnish of pineapple pico.

Captain Morgan™ Caribbean Combos

  • Caribbean Rockin’ Reggae Ribs ComboHalf a rack of well-seasoned baby back ribs with a choice of a Caribbean chicken breast or a skewer of jumbo butterflied shrimp, all fire-grilled and smothered in Caribbean inspired Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce.
  • Caribbean Salmon & Jerked Jumbo Shrimp Combo – A jerk-inspired 7 oz. salmon fillet and a skewer of shell-on jumbo shrimp fire-grilled and glazed with rich Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce.
  • Caribbean Chicken & Jerked Jumbo Shrimp Combo – A skewer of jumbo shrimp fire-grilled, shell-on, and glazed with jerk-inspired Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce along with a Caribbean seasoned chicken breast.
  • Caribbean Sirloin & Jerked Jumbo Shrimp ComboA well-seasoned 10 oz. Black Angus sirloin grilled to-order and glazed in our bold jerk-inspired Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum sauce along with a skewer of Caribbean shell-on jumbo shrimp.

Sunset Sweet Stuff

  • Island Breeze SundaeVanilla ice cream and sweetened wonton crisps served with pineapple, mango and strawberries, then drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream. Can be ordered for one or served on a sizzling platter for the table.

T.G.I. Friday's also continues to feature eight Caribbean Cocktails at participating restaurants in the U.S. for a limited time:

  • Coco‘Mon n’LimeCaptain Morgan™ Original Spiced Run and Malibu Rum, fresh lime juice and Coke®
  • Tropical Fruit Coladas (available in Passion Fruit, Strawberry or Peach flavors) – Refreshing frozen cocktails made with fruit puree, pina colada mix, Malibu Rum and fresh pineapple
  • Captain Morgan Island Rum PunchA blend of Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum, Myers’s Dark Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, passion fruit puree and pineapple juice
  • Tropical Mai TaiA mix of Captain Morgan™ Original Spiced Rum, pineapple and peach nectar.
  • Fresh Mango Lemonade – ABSOLUT® vodka mixed with Malibu Rum, fresh lemon juice and fresh agave sour mix, shaken tableside poured over fresh mango puree
  • Ultimate Mango Berry DaiquiriA frozen blend of Bacardi® Superior Rum, peach schnapps, mango and strawberry purees and house made fresh sour mix with fresh squeezed lime

Members of Give Me More Stripes®, T.G.I. Friday’s guest recognition program, are treated to free stuff and special perks year round. There are immediate benefits for members of the program and there is no fee to join. Upon sign-up (online, interactive jukebox or by texting JOIN to MYTGIF), guests receive a Jump the Line Pass, a certificate for a free appetizer or dessert, and begin earning one “stripe” for every dollar spent on all purchases with food. For every $100 spent, members receive an $8 coupon for free food. In addition to immediate and ongoing perks, members routinely receive members-only coupons and advance notice of new menu items and a variety of other valuable offers and special events. For more detailed information, visit: www.givememorestripes.com.

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With more than 900 restaurants in 61 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 food and beverage 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 7,000 of whom compete annually for the title of T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Champion.

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 July 2010, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 61 countries. For more information, visit http://www.fridays.com.