Colombo Telegraph

Under A Cloud Gota Opens TGI Fridays In Colombo

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa ceremonially opened the famous TGI Fridays flagship restaurant in Colombo Fort, as chief guest at the function.

The famous US owned franchise was opened by the Sri Lanka’s de facto Defence Minister who is under a cloud for having commanded troops believed to have committed war crimes during the final phase of the war with the LTTE.

Secretary Defence was accompanied by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the Defence Ministry website said.

Cargills (Ceylon) PLC has entered into a development agreement with world renowned TGI Friday’s Restaurant chain as the exclusive franchisee chain in Sri Lanka.

TGI Friday is a member of the US based Carlson Group. The Carlson Group operates over 900 TGI Friday’s restaurants around the world in over 60 countries. The chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, tiffany lamps and frequent use of antiques as decor. The company asserts that TGI stands for “Thank God It’s Friday”, the Ministry said on its website.

The Defence Minsitry said the renowned restaurant was opened in a classy archaic building which was renovated and developed by Cargills (Ceylon) PLC under the directives of Urban Development Authority. Along with the refurbishment project, old colonial era buildings situated in Chatham Street and Canal Raw in Colombo Fort were developed while taking special care to retain and preserve its original architectural value.

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