Wednesday, December 14, 2011

T.G.I. Friday's on Hitt Road closes

The restaurant gods giveth and the restaurant gods taketh away.

We got a note Tuesday from BizMojo reader Andrea Villalpando Todd that T.G.I.Friday's, 2665 S. 25th East was closing and Tuesday would be its last day. Sure enough, trucks arrived this morning to strip the furnishings. Management was told it was for lack of profit, said Todd, who had friends working there and who attended "the last supper" herself.

The restaurant lasted six years and employed 37 people. Not much more to report, but we may note that Hitt Road seems to be a survival-of-the-fittest environment for restaurants, chain or local. Everybody is making a big fuss over Chick-fil-A, but it was Fazoli's before that and we saw how long that lasted.

Given the location, it's hard to imagine some operator won't want to jump on the site and put something else in. What do you think would do well? What would you like to see?


  1. We are already in negotiations with two different restaurant chains there.

    Brent Wilson

  2. Thanks for the information, Brent. We are eager to hear the news when you've got a deal made.

  3. I don't really care what ends up in there, so long as it's good food and consistent. I think TGI Friday was inconsistent for too long and ran off return business (I say this from first hand experience). Because we are so fortunate to have so many options, we have developed a pallate with a higher standard and when a business doesn't bring it's "A" game, it will not survive Idaho Falls!