TGI Friday’s has opened the doors to the first of its new “fast track” bar-restaurants ahead of a planned roll-out. It is in the Upper Concourse of Manchester Piccadilly station, aimed at train and tram passengers as well as locals.
Able to serve 135 diners at any one time, the venue is equipped with technology for commuters including power sockets, USB charging sockets, wi-fi and individual seating.
Created with hospitality design consultancy Harrison, the interior has a rustic colour scheme and memorabilia inspired by travel and local artists from Manchester, with a particular nod to the most famous train station in the world – New York City’s Grand Central Station.
An open-plan kitchen offers guests a glimpse of Friday’s food as it is being cooked. Dishes include the new handcrafted burger range and classic American-inspired breakfasts with a Fridays twist, such as waffles, maple bacon and Jack Daniel’s-candied sausages.
The food has been devised to meet the demands of a busy commuter, ensuring that all main meals can be served to guests quickly.
The fast-track TGI Friday’s also offers a range of spirits, beers and cocktails, including signature drinks such as the Canada Goose, made with Grey Goose vodka, amaretto, cherry brandy, maple syrup, cranberry and citrus juices.
Other cocktails currently on the bar’s menu include the Passionate Rose, made with Bacardi Superior rum, Bols Crème de Cacao and rose syrup shaken with lime juice, fresh passion fruit and passion fruit purée.
Jane Sadler, general manager for TGI Friday’s Manchester Piccadilly, said: “It’s a great pleasure to be opening the first of Fridays’ ‘fast track’ restaurants, and it couldn’t be a more perfect location than in one of the busiest railway stations in the country.
“We’re really looking forward to what is expected to be a busy opening period and can’t wait for our guests to get a flavour for the fast track restaurant.”
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