TGI Friday's re-opened its Braintree location last month, marking the completion of several months of renovations.
The restaurant underwent a complete overhaul this summer, knocking down its inside walls, revamping its menu, moving the bar and opening its kitchen in an effort to serve more guests and attract a family-friendly crowd.
Its new interior layout and menu is a prototype for the national chain, one of only three restaurants in the country debuting it so far. Other Boston-area locations have done similar renovations to open up their restaurants and add TGI history to the walls, but Braintree is the only one in the area with the complete renovation.
Along one wall of TGI Friday's is a display of the restaurant's history, dating back to the first location in New York City in 1965. It was a popular corner bar, and known for its singles scene, Local Marketing Manager Rob Ackman said.
Today TGI Friday's is updating to keep up with the times, including the open kitchen, reupholstered furniture and sleeker, more modern art on the walls, but it still connects with its past.
"We find all the energy comes from the bar," Ackman said. "We updated the look without forgetting the heritage."