TGI Fridays to debut food truck in the Twin Cities

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TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free.

The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of Fridays Road Tour. The first stop? Minnesota.

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The food truck will serve complimentary samples of all-American burger sliders, potato skins, ahi tuna crisps, and something called Oreo Madness. There are options for thirsty folks, too, like a Red Bull strawberry lemonade, Fridays' Best Margarita, peach sangria, strawberry passion fruit tea, and Barbados rum punch. Drink options will vary by day and location.

With menu items like Oreo Madness and Red Bull strawberry lemonade, it's not entirely clear what TGI Fridays means by "handcrafted." Shannon Kelly, a public relations representative for the company, assures us that all of the items served on the food truck will be fresh, but not necessarily made on board.

"Because of the space constraints of the food truck, some items are pre-prepared (fresh) at local Fridays restaurants and some are assembled (by hand) on the truck itself," she told Hot Dish in an email. "Since there is limited space on the truck, the food truck will be partnering with local restaurants to prep the slider patties which are then grilled on the truck. And the TGI Fridays beef is fresh, never frozen."

Kelly acknowledged that the company also uses the term "handcrafted" as a marketing tactic to emphasize its focus on fresh food.

To further promote this "handcrafted" brand TGI Fridays is featuring different handcraftsmen in every city on tour. In Minneapolis, they've highlighted Chad and Brandy Dressen of Carver Junk Co., a shop that recycles, repurposes, and resells various antiques.

The truck will be in town from May 22 until May 25. At Thursday's St. Paul Saints game, fans can grab a free bite from the truck anytime between 7 and 10 p.m. The truck will also stop at Soundset on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

TGI Friday's has recruited a team of babely bloggers and photographers to document the Summer of Fridays Road Tour on Tumblr and Instagram.



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43 comments
piquette22
piquette22

@citypages I hope there will be jack sesame chicken strips, breadsticks, & gold medalist smoothies

Meighan McGuire
Meighan McGuire

Funny thing is that the only place you will find it is in a suburban mall parking lot.

ricklundl
ricklundl

@justplainbob Can't beat the price. The glorified taco trucks around here write "artisan" on the sides to charge $3 more per dish.

Hunter Hawes
Hunter Hawes

Friday is a lame day... party animals love Mondays

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

Handcrafted straight from the freezer to the deep-fryer to YOU. Hey, it's (barely) better than Chili's...

Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee

no, i like non corporate trucks.

Becky York
Becky York

Love their new menu. Lots of great flavorful items plus an expanded craft beer menu. Give it a shot. Love the bartenders and staff -- hard workers.

JCVN
JCVN

The food truck crowd isn't really the kind of customer base that would think this is a good idea. Of course, this might appeal to a different demographic that wants this...stuff.

Tamara Brown Legler
Tamara Brown Legler

No...just no.....I don't care that everything is free. just go away.

Tamara Brown Legler
Tamara Brown Legler

No...just no.....I don't care that everything is free. just go away.

Wini Von Bago Johnson
Wini Von Bago Johnson

we shall see if Fridays measures up! again we need to do a food crawl to properly determine which trucks make the grade. . . let the nomz begin!

Travis Frick
Travis Frick

Steve I suggest we gather up the old team and bust out the prince tracks. It's important to remember your roots.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

A novel idea for TGI, but a bit late. Free food will work as long as its free, but I imagine this is not what the business plan is for the upcoming years. It would be little risky for any food truck at this point to make a decent go at it even with a low start up.

LeXi321x
LeXi321x

@citypages I like independent food trucks. These chain trucks are all wrong!

Kelsey Potts
Kelsey Potts

Are you going to be on the truck, McKenna Pratt?

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

1) Find out where they are going to be 2) Print it on postcards that say "Free food & drinks" 3) Pass out to homeless people 4) Problem solved

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

The food truck trend is so overrated, just let 'em, who cares?

Daniel Newkirk
Daniel Newkirk

Weak! Just remain a mediocre restaurant chain and stay the hell away from a market built for and by aspiring entrepreneurs.

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

Great!! an awful franchise trying to weasel in on the food truck trend!!! Now their crappy food and service is mobile!!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@jason.dorweiler "Free food will work as long as its free"   This 'seemed' to work for George McGovern - but when it came election time - MN was the only state he carried!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

20 Somethings who can't get up early enough to make a $1.50 sandwhich.   So they spend $8 - $9 on a food truck lunch.

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